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Launch of Cook Islands Language Week, St Lukes Pacific Island Presbyterian Church, Tokoroa, 3 August 2019

Kia òràna tatou katoatoa.

Papa Turu. To the māmās and pāpās of the Tokoroa Cook Islands community. To the Samoan orator who greeted me, the mana whenua present, and your worship the mayor. It is such a fantastic pleasure to bask in the shining glory of the sixteenth star. You are the most southern of all the Cook Island stars.

Your Excellencies, It now falls on me to provide some closing remarks and to wish you safe travels.

I want to begin by acknowledging we have all gathered here at the invitation of the Indonesian Government, and none of us wanted to miss out on such an auspicious occasion. Thank you to our hosts for your generosity and hospitality.

E nga mana, e nga iwi, e nga reo, e nga karangaranga maha, tena koutou katoa. Oute manatu o lea ua savini fa’apunaomanu lo tatou mafutaga. O lupe sa vaoeseese ae o lenei ua fuifuia fa’atasi ile alofa ma le agalelei ole tatou Atua Silisiliese. Malo le soifua manuia. Warm Pacific greetings to one and all.

Noa’ia - and warm Pacific greetings to you all. Noa’ia e Mauri to one and all
I want to acknowledge the presence of our church leaders, our traditional leaders, our community leaders, young people, friends and families. I acknowledge those who have travelled from near and far, especially those who have come from overseas.

Your Excellencies. May I greet and acknowledge you and each of you in the language of the indigenous people of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

E nga mana, e nga iwi, e nga reo, e nga hau e wha, tena koutou katoa.

Lele ua iila le lagi, ua lanu tioata le sami, aua le paia le popo ma le mamalu ua o’o o Samoa ma le Pasefika ua aofaga potopoto.

May I greet and acknowledge the presence of so many of our elders and pioneers of the Fiji Girmitees community who are present. I am happy to recognise your Special Guest the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyaanand.

Talofa lava, malo e lelei, kia orana, taloha ni, fakaalofa lahi atu, ni sa bula vinaka, Talofa, Kia ora, tēnā koutou katoa,