Cook Islands – Kūki ‘Airani: People, Culture, Language

Paperback: $20.00
ISBN-13: 9781990042218
Published: February 2024
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Additional Information

48 pages | color illus.
  • About the Book
  • Aimed at readers 8+ but valuable for anyone with an interest in our Pacific kopu tangata (family), this is one of two inaugural books in the Moana Oceania series created by Oratia Books' Editorial Director, Carolyn Lagahetau.

    Cook Islands children in New Zealand can see themselves reflected in this book, and all readers can learn about life and nature in this part of the Pacific.

    Cook Islands – Kuki 'Airani sets out the seven interconnected pillars that guide Cook Islands life, such as kauraro (respect and obedience to elders) and 'aka'aka (humility and dignity). There are also sections on education, language, history, environment, art, sport and celebrations – and an exploration of how Cook Islanders in Aotearoa maintain and adapt their culture.

    Written in Cook Islands Maori and English by noted author Jean Tekura Mason, the book is illustrated with colour photographs throughout, and numerous pull-out boxes of information make the text easy to access.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Jean Tekura Mason, Author

      Jean Tekura Mason (Ngāti Nurau, Ngāti Teakatauira) has been the curator and manager at the Cook Islands Library & Museum Society since 2005, and was formerly an officer of the Cook Islands Parliament. She is particularly interested in the arts, folklore and Māori etymology of the Cook Islands. Also a noted poet, Jean lives in Rarotonga.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • A perfect study of the Cook Islands for primary and intermediate students and I for one learnt much that I never knew before.
      —Bob Docherty, Bob's Book Blog