22 Dec 2007

Pukapuka people from northern Cook Islands head to Samoa to find links

11:51 am on 22 December 2007

The people of Pukapuka from around the world are heading home for Christmas to celebrate the arrival of Christianity on their homeland in the northern Cook Islands.

Christianity was introduced on Pukapuka in December 1857.

Before heading home about 180 people originally from Pukapuka stopped off in Samoa.

A group spokesman, Nuku Rapana, says his people share a language link.

"Our language itself is a unique language, the language of its own in the Cook Islands group the language that we call Pukapuka, and it is classed by linguists under the classification of a Samoa language group which includes Niue."

Nuku Rapana.