Pacific Language Weeks

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples works closely with Pacific communities’ to maintain and promote heritage languages. 

The 2019 Pacific Language Week dates are:

Samoa

 

Sunday 26 May - Saturday 1 June

Cook Islands

   

Sunday 4 August - Saturday 10 August

Tonga

 

Sunday 1 September - Saturday 7 September

Tuvalu

 

Sunday 29 September - Saturday 5 October

Fiji

 

Sunday 6 October - Saturday 12 October

Niue

 

Sunday 13 October - Saturday 19 October

Tokelau

 

Sunday 27 October - Saturday 2 November

 

Helpful resources:

Start learning some helpful phrases:

Samoan salutations

 

Formal Informal

Hello

Talofa lava

Afio mai a

Maliu mai a

Susu mai a

Mapu mai a

Talofa

Welcome

Pouliuligia mai a (if someone important arrives after nightfall)

Malo

 

Sautia mai a (if someone important arrives late at night or early in morning

Ua e sau

 

Sosopo mai (when welcoming an orator/tulafale

 

Farewell – Good bye

Fa'a soifua ia

Tofa loa

 

Fa'a tofa ia

 

Please

Fa'amolemole

Fa'amolemole

Thank you

Fa'afetai tele lava

Fa'afetai

 

Malo faafetai

 

Be well and prosper

Ia soifua ma ia manuia

 

 

Cook Islands salutations 

 

Formal Informal

Hello

Kia orana

Kia orana

Welcome

Turou
Aere mai

Aere mai

Farewell - Good bye

Aere ra (to person going)
E noo ake ra (to person staying)
Aere atu ra (when both leaving)
Kia manuia

Aere ra (to person going)
Noo ake ra (to person staying)

Please

Ine

Ine

Thank you

Meitaki

Meitaki maata

Good Luck

Kia manuia

Kia manuia

 

Tongan salutations

 

Formal Informal

Hello

Malo e laumalie (addressing a lot of people or nobles and special guests)
Malo e lelei
Malo e tau lava
Malo e tau ma'u 'a e 'aho' ni (daylight)
Malo e mo'ui (after long absence) 

M alo e lelei
Malo e tau lava
Malo e tau ma'u 'a e 'aho' ni (daylight)
Malo e mo'ui (after long absence)

 

Welcome

Malo e me'a mai

Malo e me'a mai

Farewell - Goodbye

Faka'au aa (formal to person leaving)
Mo o a (to 2 people leaving)
Me'a a
'Ofa atu

Me'a a
Mou o aa (more than 2 people)

 

Please

Fakamolemole
Kataki

Fakamolemole
Kataki

Thank you

Malo 'aupito

Malo 'aupito

Respectfully

Faka'apa'apa atu

Faka'apa'apa atu

 

Tuvaluan salutations

 

Formal Informal

Hello

Fakatalofa atu

Fakatalofa atu

Welcome

Fakatalofa atu

Fakatalofa atu

Farewell - Goodbye

Tofa Ia 

Tofa Ia

Please

Fakamolemole

Fakamolemole

Thank you

Fakafetai lasi

Fakefetai

 

Fijian salutations

 

Formal Informal

Hello

 Ni sa bula vinaka

Bula

Welcome

 Veikidavaki

 Bula

Farewell - Goodbye

 Ni sa Moce

Moce Mada

Please

 Vakayalovinaka-taka

Yalovinaka

Thank you

 Vinaka Vakalevu

 Vinaka

 

Niuean salutations

 

Formal Informal

Hello

Fakaalofa lahi atu

 

Fakaalofa atu
Fakaalofa atu ki a mua (to 2 people)
Fakaalofa atu ki a mutolu (to small group)
Fakaalofa atu ki a mutolu oti (to large group)

Welcome

Fakaaue ha kua feleveia
Fakaalofa lahi atu

Fakaalofa lahi atu

Farewell - Goodbye

Kia monuina
To feleveia (we will meet again)

Koe kia
To feleveia (we will meet again)

Please

Fakamolemole

Fakamolemole

Thank you

Oue tulou
Fakaaue lahi

Fakaaue lahi

May you be blessed

Kia monuina

Kia monuina

 

 Tokelauan salutations

 

Formal Informal

Hello

Malo ni

Malo ni

Welcome

Ulu tonu mai

Malo te aofia mai

Farewell – Goodbye

Tofa ni

Tofa ni

Please

Fakamolemole

Fakamolemole

Thank you

Fakafetai

Fakafetai

May you be blessed in God’s love

Ke manuia koe i te alofa o te Atua

Ke manuia koe i te alofa o te Atua

Pacific Language Statistics

The number of fluent Pacific language speakers is declining and in response to this trend the Ministry has responded by making language preservation a priority.

Pacific ethnic groups 2001 Population 2001
Speakers
2006
Population
2006
Speakers
2013
Population
2013
Speakers

Samoa

115,017

81,036

(70.55)

131,103

85,428

(65%)

144,138

86,403

(60%)

Cook Islands

51,486

9,372

(18%)

56,895

9,702

(17%)

61,077

8,121

(13%)

Tonga

40,716

23,046

(57%)

50,481

29,499

(58%)

60,333

31,839

(53%)

Niue

20,148

5,478

(27%)

22,476

5,481

(24%)

23,883

4,545

(19%)

Fiji

7,041

3,588

(51%)

9,864

4,977

(51%)

14,445

6,273

(43%)

Tokelau

6,204

2,808

(45%)

6,819

2,796

(41%)

7,173

2,469

(34%)

Tuvalu

1,968

1,398

(71%)

2,625

1,872

(71%)

3,537

2,349

(66%)

Census, Statistics New Zealand.