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Fijian Language Week 2023

Fijian Language Week 2023

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Celebrate: Sunday 8 October – Saturday 14 October

This year’s theme for Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week is Me vakabulabulataki, vakamareqeti, ka vakaqaqacotaki na vosa vakaviti, which means, Nurture, Preserve and Sustain the Fijian language.

The theme is aligned with the overall concept of the 2023 Pacific Language Weeks' overarching topic of sustainability, the launch of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages; and the Pacific Languages Strategy.

As a diaspora population, our language, culture and identity is more important now, than ever before. Our role as a community is to be united in nurturing our language through recognising the value of our Fijian language across NZ by collaborating with key stakeholders and with each other to: 

  • Strengthen pathways and resources for the learning of the Vosa Vakaviti, and learning in the language; (preserve)
  • Create environments where Vosa Vakaviti is used more often, and in more spaces. (sustain) 

As supported by the overarching purpose of Tobuvure ni Vosa (Pacific Languages Strategy), the continuous use of our language reflects the depths of our culture and the strength it brings in connecting communities over generations through its use and sustainability.

Activities and events in 2023 will be hosted throughout Aotearoa, to embrace Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week. Bookmark this page to see the Calendar of Events when published.

Connect online by visiting the official NZ Fijian Language Week Facebook page.

Fijian Language Week resources

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Calendar of Events 2023

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Fijian Language Week Funding Recipients

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Below are recipients of funding for community contributions towards Fijian Language Week preparations in 2021:

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

‘I Taukei kei Viti Education Aotearoa’ in association with ‘Fijian Media Network Aotearoa’

Auckland

3,500.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling and dance

Canterbury Fiji Community Incorporated

Christchurch

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poem, cooking and dance

Dunedin Fijian Community & Otago Fijian students association

Dunedin

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, dance and develope language learning online resources

Fiji Marist Old Boys Association

Auckland

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poem, cooking and dance

Fiji Society in Hamilton

Hamilton

13,600.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, cooking and dance

Hawkes Bay Fijian Community

Hastings

1,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural performances and activities

New Zealand Fiji Rugby League Incorporated 

Auckland

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices and church resources

Pukekohe Fijian Methodist Congregation

Auckland

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Developed language learning online resources

Rotorua Fijian Association

Rotorua

5,100.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poem, and dance

Soqosoqo ni Ca'audrove Waikato

Hamilton

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices and dance

Vaka-viti Otautahi

Auckland

2,888.35

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning classes for beginners

Veilomani Selwyn Fijian Community

Christchurch

4,790.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural performances and activities

Victoria University Pasifika Student Council

Wellington

995.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poems, arts and craft, dance and music

Waitaki Fijian Community

Oamaru

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, poem, cooking and dance

Wellington Fijian Language Week Komiti 2021/Komiti Ni
Macawa Ni Vosa Vakaviti 2021

Wellington

8,980.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Promoting awareness of language event