Category: Language

What’s in a name as Alfred Ngaro announce Pacific language week dates?

“In my family we have three Pacific languages and cultures; Cook Island, Vagahau Niue and Gagana Samoa but I’ll be making a special effort to learn more phrases from some of the other heavenly languages of the Pacific.” Hon. Alfred Ngaro

Preserving Tuvalu’s language in NZ becomes critical as nation face existential threat from climate change

Tuvalu language week is an important occasion as it focuses attention on preserving our language and culture in New Zealand. There are three major reasons why that is critical for Tuvaluans both here and at home. Tuvalu High Commissioner to NZ, HE Samuelu Laloniu.

NZ university renames its Samoan studies program to ‘Matāupu tau Samoa’

The name change is deliberate. An attempt to clarify the distinction between engaging in Samoan academia, and Samoan studies at high school or community courses. It also underlines that a study of Samoan involves more than looking at language and traditional rituals, that it involves critical and academically balanced ways to gain new insights.

UC making Samoans feel at home in Canterbury: Celebrating Samoan Language Week

The 2016 Samoan language week theme is particularly appropriate for Samoan students at the University of Canterbury (UC). It explores how identity, environments, diversity and sustainability are crucial aspects of creating communities where people are supported to learn and use the Samoan language or Gagana Sāmoa.

Englishing Samoan: Gagana Samoa trending as the international language for Pacific islands region

If Gagana Samoa is trending to become the standard Pacific language for the international community, then there are some interesting developmental opportunity implications especially for New Zealand. Such as influx of international investment and projects, exposure and recognition, employment opportunities and international relations.

Pacific education centre funding confirmed-Is Peseta I’iga an innocent victim?

Funding issues relating to the Pacific’s oldest community education provider seems to have caught Pacific People’s Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga unfairly in its cross fire. The so-called plight of the 41 year-old Pacific Education...

Old Māori, Sāmoan songs and stories restored as language resource-Victoria University Wellington

The project objective to save recordings of culturally valuable stories and songs so that its accessible to everyone to enjoy also had two added-value byproducts: the second, musician Muaausa Shane Rivers is not as obvious but read on and find out…

LAUNCHED: A new book of Tongan nursery rhymes and poems aimed to protect cultural principles and values

The book is a response to a lack of good resources for teaching Tongan language and culture in New Zealand. “As migrants in Aotearoa, we need to build a neighbourhood where our languages, traditions and cultural practices will continue to inspire the next generation.” Dr Linita Manu’atu.

Arms Treaty training for Labour’s government take-over says Su’a William

The New Zealand public infrastructure that provides vital support to vulnerable Kiwis, in particular Pacific islanders, is deliberately being destroyed by the National government since it came into power according to Labour’s Pacific spokesperson...

Te Vaka and the Tokelauan song for Disney’s Princess Moana

It is those early days at A’ai o To’elau in Alamagoto village that uniquely places Opetaia Foa’i and Te Vaka to infuse Moana’s musical score with authentic Polynesian essence and stories that open windows to ancient Polynesia.

NZ parliament’s Poto Williams: Daughter for the Return Home

Member of Parliament, Poto Williams, is one of those rare individuals that has right of claim to writing parts of history. When she won last year’s Christchurch East by-election, she became the first Cook Islands...