This year, we celebrate Niuean language week from 15 - 21 Oketopa (October). This week provides us all an opportunity to celebrate all things Niuean through music, song, dance, food, crafts and of course, language.
In 2013, there were nearly 24,000 Niue peoples in New Zealand and 79% of those were born in New Zealand.
It is important to help promote the Niue language (Vagahau Niue) by attending events and using the language wherever you go: in schools, workplaces and community groups.
The Niuean language is closely related to the Tongan language, but also distantly to Māori, Sāmoan, and Hawaiian.
Pacific People’s Chief Executive Officer Laulu Mac Leauanae says each language week holds significant importance to our Pacific communities.
“Each language week reflects our Pacific identities and the complexities that identify each community’s uniqueness.”
This year, AUT is supporting the newly-developed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by using our Pacific language weeks as a platform to generate discussions.
In honour of Niue language week, we are discussing SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth