Cook Islanders have nominated some of their favourite Maori names for this country.

In association with the Ui Ariki, Cook Islands News asked our community what Reo Maori names they would suggest to replace Kuki Airani. Here is a small sample of the ideas.

In the name of art

Thursday July 18, 2019

When the sensitive subject of proposing to change the country’s name re-emerged in March, local artist Mahiriki Tangaroa kept thinking about it. It kept nagging away.

The Cook Islands Maori language continues to be at threat of extinction warns High Commissioner to New Zealand Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, saying recovery needs to start now.

Locals and guests alike will be welcomed to tomorrow’s Ui Ariki Day celebrations, honour the Cook Islands’ Ariki, the Aronga Mana, and their ancestors and traditions and influence on today’s modern nation.

There’s not much time to rest, for Cook Islands dancers performing four shows a day to thousands of fans in Hawaii.

Like a ship out of water

Friday June 21, 2019

Vaka captain Sam Timoko (right) passes by the original hull of Marumaru Atua as it is moved from Avatiu to the Pa Ariki palace.  Ruined by a devastating fire in 2017, the hull was left by the CITC supermarket.

A SPIRITUAL stone talisman from Mauke was gifted to a tribe of the Mataatua confederation in Aotearoa this weekend. Protective chants from Aotearoa and Mauke were performed together during the ceremony, clearing a spiritual pathway for the talisman.

Have your pray!

Saturday June 08, 2019

It’s a bidding war a bit like hosting the Olympics. And from 20 contenders, Cook Islands have been selected to host the World Day of Prayer. On one day in 2025, the whole Christian world will stop to pray for the Cooks – so what should they pray for?

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