Samoan Language Week

Tālofa lava!

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa/Samoan language week is a time to celebrate and reflect upon the rich Samoan culture here in New Zealand. This year Samoan Language Week runs from Sunday 28 May – Saturday 3 June

The theme for 2017 is "Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga / Keep your identity alive to thrive.”

This year, we have shaped our conversation around Samoan language week by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure.

We are focusing on Innovation, and exploring how innovation and creative thinking helps to further young Samoans' professional careers or tertiary studies.

We hope to create discussions and raise awareness of this goal and share what is happening in our communities to achieve this goal.

Useful resources for Samoan language week

  • A Samoan Language week resource co-created by Te Papa and the Ministry for Pacific People for Samoan Language week 2016. It's suitable for Samoan and non-Samoan speakers across early childhood education, schools, community groups and workplaces.
  • National Samoan Language week event calendar.
  • Samoan salutations from Ministry of Pacific Peoples.
  • AUT Samoan language week debate
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