Tou Ariki said the Are Ariki and Te Kopapa Reo Maori supported the name change and had made a submission to Parliament for their support, before putting it out to the public.
Minister of Culture George Angene said he supported a name change from Kuki Airani – but only if that was what the people of the country wanted.
Just returned from New Zealand after a stint in hospital, Angene can’t wait to get back into action and will soon meet with the Aronga Mana.
He suggests: “Take it back to the people to decide if they want the name Kuku Airani changed, before submitting to Parliament.”
The proposition is for a tupuna Maori title for Kuki Airani; the English name Cook Islands would remains as it is. - ME
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What should the Cook Islands’ new Maori name be?
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