Cook Islands – Language & Common Words
Common Words & Phrases
Kia orana! You'll hear this cheerful greeting from everyone as you move around the Cook Islands. It means 'may you live on'.
Other useful words and phrases are:
Good morning popongi
Goodnight po manea, po meitaki
Goodbye 'aere ra
Thank you meitaki
Have a nice day ra manea
Maori is the local - and official - language of the islands but English is spoken everywhere. Cook Island Maori is also referred to as 'Te reo Ipukarea' or 'the language of the Ancestral Homeland'