Tokelau Language Week

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This year, Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau (Tokelau Language Week) runs from 23 – 29 October and celebrates the culture and language of Faka-Tokelau (The Tokelauan way of life).

This week gives us an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful and unique culture and language of Tokelau and its people.

There are around 2,500 speakers of Tokelauan in New Zealand, which is 40% of our Tokelauan population.

As our final Pacific language week, we are honouring the week with an issue of great importance throughout the Pacific region and worldwide: Climate change.

AUT’s Office of Pacific Advancement created a video of staff and students talking and discussing the importance and relevance of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.

Cassidy Mann - Bachelor of Science

"Climate change is affecting the livelihood of Tokelau and our people.

"It is really important we raise awareness here in NZ because we can help. We can raise funds to install water tanks or fresh soil, even recycling can make a difference.

"This Tokelauan quote is about feeding our younger generation words of knowledge, wisdom and encouragement that will create a platform for them to pave their future.

"Our Tokelauan youth are our future. We need to tell them about the impact of climate change and how important it is to look after our land, our culture and our language.

"I will be telling my younger brother. I will tell him he is loved, he is capable, he is worthy."

Useful resources for Tokelau language week

  • The Ministry has worked closely with the community to develop a Tokelauan language resource. It includes pronunciation guides, activity ideas, songs and cultural information
  • National events calendar
  • Ministry of Pacific Peoples Tokelau Language Factsheet
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