Samoan Language Week

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Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa: Samoan Language Week runs from Sunday May 29 until Saturday 4 June 2016.

The week is a chance for all New Zealanders to celebrate the Samoan culture and language. Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is also a time to focus on encouraging more people to use and learn Gagana Samoa. Sixty per cent of Samoans in New Zealand speak Gagana Samoa but we want that number to grow.

The Ministry provides organisational and financial support to Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa and works closely with Samoan communities and partners to make it happen.

We encourage you to find an event happening for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa in your area take part in the vibrant celebrations.

New Samoan Language Week Resource

A new Samoan Language week resource co-created by Te Papa and the Ministry for Pacific People for Samoan Language week 2016 is available here (PDF 2.39MB). This resource has been designed to support the 2016 Samoan Language Week theme:

“E felelei manu, ae ma’au i o latou ofaga: Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive."

It's suitable for Samoan and non Samoan speakers across early childhood education, schools, community groups and workplaces.

Inside you'll find:

  • An explanation of the theme, which relates to identity, environments, diversity, and sustainability
  • Gagana Sāmoa pronunciation support + access to helpful words and phrases
  • Plenty of activity ideas, and examples of tala (story) and pese (song) resources

Please use these resources to help take part in Samoan Language Week.

The 2016 Samoan Language Week Poster is attached here (PDF 5.68MB) for you to share. SLW Poster Teaser

Here are some useful links related to Samoan Language Week:

National Calendar of Events

Samoan Salutations

Christchurch City Libraries

Auckland Libraries

Te Papa Museum

Language learning resources: