Sunday 18 October – Saturday 24 October is Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week 2020, with the theme for this year ‘Faliki e tau momoui he tau atuhau ke he Vagahau Niue ’ – ‘Lay the foundations - give rise to Vagahau Niue for generations’.
Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue is in its nineth year, and follows Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week (4-10 October), with Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau - Tokelau Language Week from 25 – 31 October signalling the last Pasifika language week of 2020.
According to the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, the theme of Faliki e tau momoui he tau atuhau ke he Vagahau Niue, ‘reminds us of the need to not only respect and treasure our languages and cultures but to work daily to ensure the foundation remains strong for generations to come’.
With the last Pasifika language week at the end of the month, the theme of Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue 2020 is a timely one. Our Pasifika language weeks have grown from strength to strength in recent years, with Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue 2020 reminding us of the significance of our many Pasifika communities to the social and cultural fabric of Aotearoa, and the importance of supporting diversity for future generations.
TEU Tangata Pasifika Advisory Co-Chair and Pasifika TEU Council member Maria Meredith says it’s great to see members across Aotearoa celebrate their culture, and supporting their Pasifika colleagues and students by embracing Pasifika languages week,
“Our Pasifika language weeks provide an opportunity for TEU Pasifika members to celebrate their language, culture and identity and we’ve seen a lot of engagement from members over 2020. Our language is a link between our place here in Aotearoa, our people, and our place in the Pacific and it’s great to see support for our many Pasifika languages from institutions and the broader TEU membership”.