Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Maroroa's Speech about the Cook Islands
Kia Orana is how we say hello in the Cook Islands. Today I am going to talk about the Cook Islands because that’s where my family comes from. This is the Cook Island Flag. it has 15 stars because the Cook Islands is made up of 15 different islands in the Pacific Ocean. There are 19,625 people living in the Cook Islands but there are a lot more here in NZ.
The capital of the Cook Islands is Rarotonga and this is where most of the people live. In the Cook Islands we speak Cook Island Maori which is like New Zealand Maori and we also speak English. The Cook Island have a close friendship with New Zealand and we can use the same New Zealand money in the Cook Islands.
One of our well know arts is our tivaevaes our blankets which are made by our women who use beautiful colours and the things of the Cook Islands to make the blankets.
For dancing we do the hula which is fun and exciting to see and with the drums and ukuleles playing this makes Cook Island dancing very popular with a lot of people I have some photos of when I went to the Cook Islands about 3yrs ago. This is just a little bit about the Cook Islands. I hope you have enjoyed my talk and I hope some day you will go and visit my homeland meitaki maata. Thank you.