Tokelau Language Week

FINAL20E signature20Tokelau20Language20Week202016Tokelau Language Week begins on Sunday 23 October and finishes on Saturday 29 October.

This year’s theme, chosen by the Tokelau community, is ‘Pokotau ki au kapuga – Ke mau mai tau foe’, which translates as ‘Challenge the size of the swirl made by your paddle’. This encourages Tokelauan families to take every opportunity available to learn, teach and hold on to their language, culture and identity.

Tokelauans in New Zealand

The Tokelauan ethnic group comprised 7,176 people or 2 percent of the Pacific population living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013.

Between 2006 and 2013, the population increased by 5.1 percent.

The Wellington region is home to the biggest Tokelau population in New Zealand - and the world - with almost 50 percent living in the region (49.1 percent or 3,525 people).

Based on Census 2013 there were almost 1,400 Tokelau people living in Tokelau.

Educational resource

The Ministry has worked closely with the community to develop a Tokelauan language resource. It includes pronunciation guides, activity ideas, songs and cultural information.

Download the resource (PDF 7MB)

Community poster

This year’s Tokelau Language Week poster was developed by the Ministry with language assistance provided by the Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group.  We commissioned the assistance of Vaitoa Baker, a Porirua based Tokelau illustrator and graphics designer, and accessed the photograph from Theresa Kele, of Tokelau descent who works at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa.

Download the poster (PDF, 6 MB)

Events calendar

See how your community is celebrating the week with our national events calendar.

Download the calendar (Word, 230 KB)