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Rotuman Language Week 2021

Rotuman Language Week 2021

Sunday 9 May - Saturday 15 May

This year’s theme for Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week is Tutur häk ne måür lelei – the four pillars of life and wellbeing:

  1. Måür Fak'ata (spiritual - a place of solace that gives meaning to life)
  2. Måür Fakforo (physical - living life in all its fullness)
  3. 'Os A'häe (psychological - steers our presence and place in life)
  4. Hạikạinagaga (social - our connection with people)

The traditional Rī Fak Rotuam is a Rotuman thatched shelter or house which needs four strong pillars to hold the entire house together, just like the four pillars for our wellbeing.

The theme acknowledges and celebrates the strength and resilience of our Pacific communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities and events will be held through Aotearoa to showcase the richness of the Rotuman language, culture and traditions.

Some activities and events will also be available online on the official NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page.

Check out our Rotuman Language Week resources

Events

Events marked with an asterisk* will be streamed live on the official NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page.

Rotuman Language Week Launch

8am - Mothers Day Pink Ribbon Breakfast - Harmimia ‘Amah ‘Ne Haihanisiga by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: Kingsland Rotuman Methodist Congregation Hall, Auckland.

10am - Combined Church Service led by Mothers by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: Kingsland Rotuman Methodist Congregation Hall, Auckland.

1pm - Exclusive Viewing of the Rotuman Collections at Auckland Museum by Hata Committee*
To register email [email protected]
Venue: Auckland Museum

2pm - Opening Ceremony by Hata Committee*
To register email [email protected]
Venue: Auckland Museum
This will be streamed online also.

6pm - Rotuman Language Week Theme Song Launch by Hata Committee*

10am - Hanuju (Story Telling) by Tupou Mafileo by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: Mangere Town Centre Library, Auckland.

12pm - Rotuman Alphabet Song led by Mairani Group by Hata Committee*

2pm - Mara ma ‘a’ana Fekei by Hata Committee*
Rotuman Traditional Taro Dessert led by Mairani Group. 

6pm - Hanuju (Story Telling): Kirkir sāsā by Hata Committee*
The mother with a tattooed armpit led by Sopapelu Samisoni.

7pm - Kainaga Gardening & Water Pledge Project by Hata Committee*
Led by Kainaga Fitness Health Group members Leona Chute, Mosese Rigamoto, Konrote Tonu and Sopapelu Samisoni.

9am Ruemba by Hata Committee*
When Rotuman’s do Zumba. It’s exciting, energetic, flavoursome and colourfu. Led by Ricco Panapasa a qualified Zumba Instructor with support from the NZRF Wellington Community.

11am - Elderly Day Showcase Arts and Craft Display by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: Avondale Library, Auckland.

11am - Ōtara Kai Village Rotuman songs and arts display for whānau and community by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: Ōtara Town Centre, Auckland.

1pm - Healthy Cooking with Kainaga & Childrens Fruits & Vege Segment by Hata Committee*
Join Elon Sokra’a and Josie Parker in a fun cooking segment. The Children of Kainaga will also be introducing fruits and vegetables in the Rotuman Language.

6pm to 9pm Rotuma Te ‘is ‘otomis Haharagi - Fara Workshop at the University of Auckland by Hata Committee
To register email [email protected]
Rotuman Youth of New Zealand (RYNZ) and the University of Auckland’s Fijian Students Association (UAFISA) share the protocols of a Fara, teach songs and do a short Fara. 
Venue: Level 3 C-Space at the University of Auckland.

7pm - Rogrog ui ragi (Red-table talk) by Hata Committee*
Canterbury Rotuman Community Youth discuss switching to a plant-based diet and whether you can you be a vegetarian and an athlete too.

10:30am tp 11:30am - Rotuman Music and Movement Session
Venue: Mangere Town Centre Library, Auckland.

1pm - Share some traditional Fekei with us (Rotuman Dessert) by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: Mangere Town Centre, center stage area.

1pm - Terän ‘esea ta (One Day at a Time) by Hata Committee*
Rotuman Song Led by members of the Rotuman Wesleyan Church.

3pm -  Christchurch Rotuman Mental Health session by Hata Committee*
Led by the Canterbury Rotuman Community.

6pm - Hanuju (Story Telling) by Hata Committee*

7pm - Creating and Finding Community in the Diaspora by Hata Committee*
Join our young Rotuman youth panelists online as they discuss migration and finding community in the Diaspora Led by Canterbury Rotuman Community Youth.

7pm - Te Ran on La’ri’ri’I - Sua Maka - (Children Singing) by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: NZ Rotuman Community Centre. Papatoetoe, Auckland.

8pm - Dinner by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Children recite prayers in Rotuman.
Venue: NZ Rotuman Community Centre. Papatoetoe, Auckland.

1pm - The History of Rotuma Day by Hata Committee*
If you didn’t know the history behind Rotuma Day then don’t forget to tune in. In partnership with Pacific Education Centre.

5pm to 7pm - Rotuma Day 140th Anniversary Celebrations in Wellington by Hata Committee
To register email [email protected]
Join the members of the New Zealand Rotuman Fellowship in Wellington in this celebration of culture and koroa (treasures), the Rotuman–New Zealand way.
Venue:  Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

6pm - Rotuma Day Celebrations in Auckland by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
In partnership with LIFE Soup Kitchen, we are serving dinner for our communities and sharing a meal.
Venue: Wesley Community Centre, Auckland.

7pm - Polynesian Panthers 50th Anniversary Talanoa with Will ‘Ilolahi  by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc
With the cutting of Rotuma Day Cake and singing of Rotuman songs.
Venue: Wesley Community Centre, Auckland.

10am to 2pm - Manea (Games) by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Opening Prayers by Toma Vaurasi and snippets of Rotuman history, cultural games and sampling of Rotuman food.
Venue: Te Puke ō Tara Community Centre, Auckland.

1pm - Rotuman Poem by Hata Committee*
Composed by Tui Pesamino.

3pm - Fekei (Rotuman Dessert) Making with Mairani Group*

6pm - All Zoomed-out: Rako in a COVID-19 world by Hata Committee*
Like many of our Kainaga’s around the world, we are compelled to share our online learning experiences as Rotuman Families and learners of all ages. Facilitated by some amazing educators and parents of the Rotuman Community in Aotearoa. Join our youthful panel discussing the highs, lows and learnings of a Covid-19 World!

7:30pm - Hanuju (Story Telling) by Hata Committee*
Join us online as we share a story from Rotuma.

6:30pm - 8:30pm - Children’s Fere Friday by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
To register email [email protected] 

In celebration of Rotuman Language week, we are celebrating our Rotuman children with this free event. Children get the chance to jump as high as they can at JUMP Avondale hosted by Kingsland Rotuman Methodist Congregation and supported by the Auckland Methodist Central Parish & The Methodist Church of New Zealand.
Venue: JUMP Avondale, Auckland.

7am - Devotion & Majesty Song by Hata Committee*
Pastor Mike Sikuri and the Canterbury Rotuman Community deliver devotion and Perform the Majesty Song translated in Rotuman.

10am to 12pm - Special Screening of Rotuman movies and clips by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
Venue: Mangere Town Centre, center stage area.

11am - Rotuman Kato’aga Closing Ceremony & To’a Awards by Hata Committee*
To register email [email protected]
It’s going to be a huge celebration! Experience the Rotuman Culture, our traditions, dance, songs, food and much more. We'll also celebrate the first ever TO’A Awards in partnership with the Ministry of Pacific Peoples. 
Venue: Lesieli Tonga Auditorium in Favona, Mangere and also streamed live.

11am onwards - Rotuman Showcase at Auckland War Memorial Museum by Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Inc.
11.00am - Welcome.
11.30am -  Rotuman cultural dance performances.
12.00pm - Hula and Samba to Rotuman Music by Danni Freeman.
12.15pm - Activities and Displays at Tefui / Para Station and snippets of Rotuman history by Jioje Fatiaki.
1.30pm - Fijian Meke dance performances by Te Mana Performing Arts.
1.50pm - Words of Thanks by Fereti Fatiaki in Rotuman, Rachael Mario in English and Prayers by Toma Vaurasi.
Venue: Auckland War Memorial Museum.