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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 was 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 were held through Aotearoa to showcase the richness of the Rotuman language, culture and traditions.

Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page.

Rotuman 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 To’a Awards recognise our language advocates from the Rotuman community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Fäeag Rotuḁm in Aotearoa:

Le' Haharągit (Youth) - Tieri Carswell

Fāat (Male) - Sopapelu Samisoni

Hąnit (Female) - Darlene Inia