Kuki 'Airani Reo Maori


Introduction to
Kuki 'Airani Maori Identity, Language & Culture

Course Outline

This course is ideally suited to learners who have no previous or very little knowledge of Reo Maori Kuki 'Airani 

Over 20 hours, learners will cover the following content:

Lesson 1:       Welcome & course administration / introduction to Alphabet and correct pronunciation

Lesson 2:      Common Greetings - introducing your self

Lesson 3:      Me and my family - who are you?

Lesson 4:      Geography - where are you from?

Lesson 5:      Using numbers/counting in every-day life

Lesson 6:      Days of the week, months of the year

Lesson 7:      Special events and seasons

Lesson 8:      Food and food customs

Lesson 9:      Body Parts - describing myself

Lesson 10:     Class presentation - using key information from each of the previous lessons you will                                         present a short talanoa based on sentences you've learnt from Lessons 1-9

Everyday conversation in reo Maori Kuki 'Airani

Course Outline

This course is designed for people who have previously taken and completed the Introduction course in Kuki 'Airani and are confident to move to the next level. The aim is to further develop language and cultural knowledge to enhance communication and interactions with other speakers of reo Maori Kuki 'Airani.

Over 20 hours, learners will cover the following content:

Lesson 1: Informal and Formal Greetings

communicate sentences for everyday conversation 

Lesson 2: Family roles, including honorary terms/names of family titles

Lesson 3: Family, land and Surrounding

  • Family tree and their relationship to the land and surroundings.

Lesson 4 – Cook Islands Core Values, PRINCIPLES and Cultural Norms

  • Compare NZ and Kūki ‘Āirani – The practice of Kūki ‘Āirani core values, principles, and cultural norms. 

Lesson 5 - PROTOCOLS THAT SURROUND Kūki ‘Āirani Life Events (Birthdays, weddings, funerals)

Lesson 6 – Gift Giving in Kūki ‘Āirani Life Events


  • Practice asking questions requesting directions, using Kūki ‘Āirani for example, (where do you live? where is the bank?).

  • Practice asking questions requesting information on specific places that you know.

  • Navigation between the islands (traditional V’s modern)

Lesson 8 – SEASONS OF Kūki ‘Āirani

  • Kūki ‘Āirani seasons, (How many seasons, what are these seasons, any significant information about these seasons, any historical facts about seasons and its’ impact on agriculture or cultural practices.

  • Compare Kūki ‘Āirani and New Zealand seasons.

Lesson 9 Consolidate learning to give an opinion

How seasons, direction & place impact on Kuki Airani Cultural Practices. Consider for example

  • The climate (heat and rain-season): it’s impact on agriculture & available foods and traditional v’s modern methods for culturally appropriate food handling/storage

  • Understanding direction – traditional/modern navigation between the islands: appropriate methods of travel/tools

  • Interaction between the different islands – understanding protocols (do these differ from island to island?)

Lesson 10  Learner presentation

a summary presentation from information you've learned during lesson 1-9