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At the forefront of Pacific Language and Culture in Aotearoa since 1978

Cook Island Tutors

Mareta Tere

To God giver of life who has crowned me with Knowledge and wisdom, I acknowledge you and thank you for crowning me with your beautiful language “Te Reo Kuki Airani Maori” according to your word in Psalm 119 verse 105: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light onto my path” – “E lamepa ta’au tuatua I toku nei vaevae, ei turama i toku nei arata’a”.


Tutor: Everyday Conversation in Kuki 'Airani

One of 7 children, Mareta was born and raised in the Cook Islands by her parents Dr. Tingika and Ngatungane Tere.

Mareta learnt different dialects of the Cook Island Maori languages but admits that the Rarotongan dialect is closest to her heart where she was raised as a child.

 Mareta moved to New Zealand in 1987 after completing New Zealand School certificate at Titikaveka College. She then attended Auckland Girls Grammar school for 2 years and gained University entrance. Mareta graduated with a Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing from UNITEC.

 In 1997, Mareta worked in the Special Needs Homeroom at Tangaroa College. Mareta also got involved with the Cook Islands Cultural Group, the local Cook Islands Christian Church and the local Community. This is where Mareta’s love for teaching started. Mareta has always been passionate about the Cook Island Language and culture where she has immersed herself in extensive voluntary work amongst the Cook Island Community in Otara which has nurtured Mareta to become the person that she is today.

 Mareta joined PEC in 2016 in term 2 as a tutor for Te Reo Kuki Airani Maori, teaching Basic Introduction to Cook Islands Language and Culture as well as Everyday Conversational in Cook Islands Maori Language and Culture. Mareta loves working at PEC because it’s a community focussed organisation. Mareta enjoys teaching the Cook Language and Culture with others, she feels really privileged to be part of the PEC team and believes it gives Pasifika People a sense of belonging and “Mana” to be Cook Islanders that is our Heritage our Identity; it makes us who we are.             


Tutana Moetaua

"Aere mai kia aka’ora tatou katoa’toa I te reo Kuki 'Airani"
Welcome and together we learn to keep the Cook Islands language alive


Tutor: Basic Introduction in Kuki 'Airani

Kia orana ki’a kotou katoa’toa
Greetings to you all

My name is Tutana Moetaua and was born on the island of Rarotonga in the village of Avatiu. I grew up in Aitutaki in the village of Reureu and Arutanga.

I have been a tutor at PEC since term 3 of 2016.  I am very honoured to have been given the opportunity to teach the Basic Cook Islands language in the Rarotongan dialect.

We welcome you all to come along and learn the language.

Thank  you
Meitaki e ki’a manuia

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