By Io Aleke-Fa'avae - firstname.lastname@example.org
Digitalising the Cook Islands language and culture is a way of maintaining it in Aotearoa, says educator Mii Hinarere I Te Poerava Tupangaia.
The Cook Islands educator and cultural expert says learning te reo Kuki Airani through the digital form is the way forward.
"To try and get our young people to know who they are. The reo, our art, our dancing cultures, for them not to forget - You are a Cook Islander."
Mrs Tupangaia co-founded the Hutt Valley Cook Islands Association in 1973 and has worked throughout the years to revitilise and preserve the Cook Islands culture and language.
She's worked with Victoria University on digitalising her language in 'Rays of Sound Cook Islands'. She was also involved in a tivaevae-making project 'Out Of The Glory Box' at Te Papa Museum.
Mrs Tupangaia was recently awarded the Queen Services Medal for services to the Cook Islands community.
Mii Hinarere I Te Poerava Tupangaia (left). Photo/ Supplied.