Rakahanga-Manihiki is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken on the islands of Rakahanga and Manihiki in the northern Cook Islands, and also in New Zealand and Australia. It is considered a variety of Cook Islands Māori, however is differs significantly from Rarotongan, and is in fact closely to New Zealand Māori. In 2011 there were 320 speakers of Rakahanga-Manihiki in the Cook Islands, and 2,500 in New Zealand

Rakahanga-Manihiki was first written with an orthography developed by missionaries from the London Missionary Society for Rarotongan. Some adjustments were needed to take pronunciation differences into account.

Rakahanga-Manihiki alphabet and pronunciation

Rakahanga-Manihiki alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Rakahanga-Manihiki (Excel)

Sample videos in Rakahanga-Manihiki


Information about Rakahanga-Manihiki

Polynesian languages

Anutan, Austral, Emae, Futuna-Aniwa, Futunan, Hawaiian, Kapingamarangi, Mangareva, Māori, Marquesan (North), Marquesan (South), Mele-Fila, Moriori, Niuafoʻou, Niuatoputapu-Tafahi, Niuean, Nukumanu, Nukuoro, Nukuria, Ontong Java, Penrhyn, Pukapukan, Rakahanga-Manihiki, Rapa, Rapa Nui, Rarotongan, Rennellese, Samoan, Sikaiana, Tahitian, Takuu, Tikopia, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tuamotuan, Tuvaluan, Vaeakau-Taumako, Wallisian, West Uvean

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page last modified: 23.04.21


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


SpanishPod101 - learn Spanish for free

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)