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Language and Common Words

Common Words and Phrases

Kia orana!

You'll hear this cheerful greeting from everyone as you move around the 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'

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