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Rarotongan (Māori)

Rarotongan is a variety of Cook Islands Māori spoken on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, where is has official status. There are 14,000 speakers in the Cook Islands, according to the 2011 census, and 7,725 speakers in New Zealand, according to the 2013 census.

Rarotongan is also known as Māori, Cook Islands Māori (Māori Kūki 'Āirani) or Te reo Ipukarea (the language of the Ancestral Homeland). It is closely related to Taihitian and Maori.

Other Cook Islands Maori dialects include Rakahanga-Manihiki, Tongareva (Penrhyn), Aitutaki, Mangaia, and the Ngaputoru dialects of Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke.

Rarotongan alphabet and pronunciation

Rarotongan alphabet and pronunciation


Download a Rarotongan alphabet chart (Excel)

Sample text in Rarotongan

Kua anau rangatira ia te tangata katoatoa ma te aiteite i te au tikaanga e te tu ngateitei tiratiratu. Kua ki ia ratou e te mero kimi ravenga e te akavangakau e kia akono tetai i tetai, i roto i te vaerua piri anga taeake.

A recording of this text by Tamati Taylor


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample video in and about Rarotongan

Information about Rarotongan | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about the Rarotongan Language

Online Rarotongan courses

Online Rarotongan dictionaries

Rarotongan grammar

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