Apii Nikao celebrated the end of their Cook Islands Maori Week with drum dance, traditional songs and decorated classrooms on Friday. Caleb Fotheringham/22082630
Apii Nikao celebrated the end of their Cook Islands Maori Week with drum dance, traditional songs and decorated classrooms on Friday.
teacher Ma’ara Scheel said the school’s Maori Week kicked off with learning
about local legends.
the focus shifted to weaving and plating followed by traditional games on
Wednesday and on Thursday the children shared a traditional kaikai.
like to ask our parents to please speak to our kids in our local language in Te
Reo Maori so they will understand where they come from because Te Reo Maori in
our Cook Islands culture is our identity,” Scheel said.
youngest class took out the best-decorated classroom with the theme of “past
Speaking to Cook Islands News in Te Reo Maori, Scheel
shared: “Kia Orana tatou katoatoa. Ko te epetoma teia o te peu Maori e ko te
akakoroanga, koia oki kia akamaroiroi ia e kia akamatutu ia te reo e te peu
maori ki ta tatou tamariki na roto i te apiianga i te au apinga raverave, te au
akatutu, te aitamu na roto i te pe’e ta to tatou ui tupuna i apii mai kia
“E i teia tuatau nei te apii nei tatou ki ta tatou
tamariki no te mea te akaroa, te ngaro atu nei ta tatou peu.
“Kote akakoroanga tikai no teia epetoma o te Reo
Moari ko te akaepaepaanga e te tatanu anga i ta tatou Reo Maori e te Peu Maori.
“No reira e te au metua, auraka e akavaavaa to
tatou Reo Maori, apii ia, tuatua ia ki ta tatou au tamariki.”
“Apii Nikao started their Maori Week to celebrate
the beautiful language and culture of Cook Islands Maori with a special
“Cultural performances of the pe’e and the ama were
performed by the students. These activities are focused on enhancing the students’
knowledge of Maori traditions with confidence and pride.
“Parents should not be ashamed of Maori language
and culture, they should encourage and help teach their children to learn it.”