I was reading about Maori, Cook Islands Maori and Cook Islander.
In my young days we have the Are Korero in Ngatangiia. We sometime call around there just to listen. I also listened to my parents and the old people, as well as at school. What I have then learned about us was that we are the Maori – people of the Cook Islands; the native of the Cook Islands, the Tahitians are Mahoi, meaning to us as Maori.
The Hawaiians are Kaoli; again meaning to us as Maori. And I believe Easter Islands are Maori.
My understanding of the word Maori then was, Tumu-Enua or a Toke Enua; the people of the land. We became the Cook Islands between 1822 and 1835. We are then, the Cook Islands Maori, a Maori people of the Moana Nui o Kiva.
Those who have applied and given a Cook Islands citizen will then be Cook Islanders and our people should remain the Cook Islands people, the native of the land. Anyone with a Cook Islands blood is a Maori and only they are the Cook Islands Maori. Thank you na tetai Tumu Enua.