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'

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