Pacific Language Weeks

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

Part of this work is the Ministry’s support for Pacific Language Weeks, which have grown significantly since Samoan Language Week was first celebrated in 2007. 

The 2017 Pacific Language Weeks are: 

Samoan

Sunday 28 May – Saturday 3 June 2017

Cook Islands

Sunday 30 July – Saturday 5 August 2017

Tongan

Sunday 3 September – Saturday 9 September 2017

Tuvaluan

Sunday 1 October – Saturday 7 October 2017

Fijian

Sunday 8 October – Saturday 14 October 2017

Niuean

Sunday 15 October – Saturday 21 October 2017

Tokelauan

Monday 23 October – Sunday 29 October 2017 

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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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. 

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