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Niue Language Week 2022

Niue Language Week 2022

Niue Language Week 2022 acknowledgement by Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio

Celebrate: Sunday 16 October – Saturday 22 October.

This year’s theme for Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week is - Fakatūleva e Vagahau Niue mo e Tau Aga Fakamotu ma e Tau Atuhau, which means - Sustain Niue Language and Culture for Future Generations.

The Niue people have reached a crossroad where the status of the Vagahau Niue is considered most vulnerable.

Vagahau Niue has been registered with UNESCO as an endangered language, so one of the challenges we face is the preservation of Vagahau Niue and Niue culture.

It is vital that we preserve, sustain and maintain the Vagahau Niue and Cultures for many generations to come. Niue leaders and community groups are working hard to explore, discuss and formulate strategies to ensure that the Vagahau Niue and Cultures are protected and sustained for future generations.

Young New Zealand born Niueans have said that Vagahau Niue and Niue Cultures are avenues to stay connected with their parents and grandparents; it is their sense of identity.

The theme for Niue Language Week 2022 - Fakatūleva e Vagahau Niue mo e Tau Aga Fakamotu ma e Tau Atuhau - will help encourage all Niue people to work together to sustain vagahau Niue and cultures for future generations.

Activities and events will be hosted throughout Aotearoa, to embrace Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week. Bookmark this page to see the Calendar of Events when published.

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

Niue Language Week Resources

Enjoy all the Phrases of the Day from Vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week 2022.

700 x 100 px email signature (PNG) [Download]

1920x1080 px computer desktop wallpaper (PNG) [Download]

A4 Official poster (6mb PDF) [Download]

A3 Official poster (10mb PDF) [Download]

A4 Blank poster template - yellow with theme (100kb PDF) [Download]

A4 Blank poster template - white with theme (100kb PDF) [Download]

Niue Language Card - 6 pages, 180kb (PDF) [Download]

Simple Greetings and Phrases:

Hello to a specific person - (MP3) [Download]

Hello to one person - (MP3) [Download]

Hello to two people - (MP3) [Download]

Formal greetings to all - (MP3) [Download]

How are you - (MP3) [Download]

Please - (MP3) [Download]

Thank you - (MP3) [Download]

Goodbye to one person - (MP3) [Download]

Goodbye to two people - (MP3) [Download]

Goodbye to three or more people - (MP3) [Download]

Happy Niue Language Week - (MP3) [Download]

Niue Language Week Theme - (MP3) [Download]

Square Tiles
Rectangular Tiles
Facebook Banner
Instagram Story Tile

One file containing all resources, including: 

  • Email signature
  • Desktop wallpaper
  • Posters
  • Web banners
  • Social media content
  • Language Card

(20 MB Zip file) - [Download]

Calendar of Events

Event Date Host
Saturday 22nd October
Fakaholoaga ki luga he Kupega Hila
Welcome, Hymn, Prayer, Scripture Reading, Speakers, Dance Groups
5 pm Vagahau Niue Trust
16 - 21 October
Tau Tala Tuai
Share with us your favourite Niue short story/myth and legends
16 - 21 October Niue Youth Network
Faahi Tapu Vagahau Niue Poster Competition
Design a portrait that symbolises or represents this year’s theme for Niue Language Week. The poster must incorporate the theme in both Niue and English. You can create the poster by hand or through digital art.
16 - 21 October Niue Youth Network
Tohi Alagatala/Poetry Writing
Write a poem on this year’s theme in Vagahau Niue and translate it into English. Poems will be shared on social media starting on Monday 17th to Friday 21 October.
17 - 21 October NAFO (Niue Aga Fakamotu Okalana)
Haaku Hei
Create a Niue floral hair piece and using Vagahau Niue, record a description of its creation. Taute mo e fakaaliali e tau hei, fakatutala mo e fakakite e puhala ne taute ai e hei. Videos will be released on social media starting on Monday 17th to Friday 21 October.
17 - 21 October NAFO (Niue Aga Fakamotu Okalana)
‘ART - Tau Tufuga Ta Fakatino he Faahi Tapu Vagahau Niue 2022’
Primary, Intermediate and Secondary School Art Competition. posters will be displayed on Thursday 20th October & Friday 21st October at the Favona School Hall, Wakefield Rd, Māngere.
20 - 21 October NAFO (Niue Aga Fakamotu Okalana)
Lologo Mai
Sing and record a song relating to this year’s theme in Niuean language. Videos will be released on social media starting on Monday 17th to Friday 21 October.
17 - 21 October NAFO (Niue Aga Fakamotu Okalana)
Event Time Venue
Sunday 16 October

Fakaholoaga he Hafagiaga he Faahi Tapu Vagahau Niue

  • Welcome and Opening
  • Speakers:
    • Minister for Pacific Peoples - Aupito William Sio
    • Niue High Commissioner - His Excellency Hon. Fisa Pihigia
    • Jaakshyn-Lhi Hagaitoa
    • Youth rep - Unique Ikiua
    • Vagahau Niue Trust Chairperson - Mele Nemaia (MNZM)
  • Closing is followed by refreshments.
4 pm Favona School Hall, Wakefield Road, Favona
Hosted by Vagahau Niue Trust
Tuesday 18 October

Niue Dance/Song Workshop
Learn a few common dance actions for girls and boys, including songs.
All youth/young adults

6 pm - 7.30 pm Oranga Community Centre (Kelly Elrick Room), 52 Waitangi Road, Onehunga
Hosted by Niue Youth Network

Niue Language Week Funding Recipients

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

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

Auckland University Niue Aga Fakamotu Association

Auckland

5,000.00

Vagahau Niue

Language learning through cultural practices

Learning Vagahau Niue

Palmerston North

4,300.00

Vagahau Niue

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

Maliatama Niue Trust

Auckland

4,999.05

Vagahau Niue

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

Niue Community Dunedin/Otepoti

Dunedin

3,272.15

Vagahau Niue

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

Pasifika in the Bay Trust

Tauranga

2,785.00

Vagahau Niue

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

Vagahau Niue Trust

Auckland

50,000.00

Vagahau Niue

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

 

Niue Language Champion Honours 2021

The Language Champion Honours is a new initiative which has been introduced as part of the Pacific Language Weeks series 2021.

The Niue Language Champion Honours Awards recognise our language advocates from the Niue community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Vagahau Niue in Aotearoa.

Recipients:

Adult Female champion - Lynn Lolokini Ikimotu Pavihi

Adult Male champion - Ioane Aleke Fa’avae

Youth Female champion - Dr Jessica Pasisi

Youth Male champion - Monty Lakatani