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Samoa Language Week 2021

Samoa Language Week 2021

Sunday 30 May - Saturday 5 June

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2021 is Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive.

When you’re building a foundation for a fale (house) it can’t have a weak foundation or posts. This is the same for the foundations of our families, schools and churches that play an important role in strengthening Gagana Samoa (the Samoan Language). Language is important for the foundations of our overall wellbeing.

Activities and events will be held through Aotearoa to embrace and celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa. More details about events will be shared soon.

Some activities and events will also be available online on the official Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa Facebook page.

Events

Samoa Language Week Launch

3.30pm to 5pm- Sauniga Lotu – Tatalaina o le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa
The Official opening ceremony for Samoa Language Week 2021 hosted by Fotu ō Malama with support from the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor Pacific University of Auckland.
Streamed online here

5pm - Lotu tu’u fa’atasi (Porirua Church Combined Service)
All are welcome to take part in this combined service honouring Samoa Independence Day.
Venue: EFKS Cannons Creek. 109 Castor Crescent, Cannons Creek. Porirua.

8.30am to 9.30am - Sisiga fu’a (Flag raising ceremony)
Followed by another flag raising ceremony at Whitireia Polytechnic and light refreshments. All are welcome to take part in either of the flag raising ceremonies.
Venue: Porirua Peace Memorial. Lyttelton Avenue, Porirua City.

9am - Opening Ava Ceremony for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa at the University of Auckland
This event is open to students and the public to watch, there will be a specific area for on-lookers to watch from. Hosted by UASSA (sponsored by PVC Pacific).
Venue: Fale Pasifika, The University of Auckland.

9.30am to 10.30am - Amataga o le vaiaso – FAGASA at Sutton Park School
Join us online as our children from Sutton Park School begin their celebrations for Samoa Language Week. Starting with Sauniga Lotu at 9.30am, Vi’i o le Fu’a (New Zealand National Anthem in Gagana Samoa), Saunoaga – Susuga Mr Esera Tatalaina aloa’ia le Vaiaso o le Gagana and finishing off with introducing this year’s Samoa Language Week theme.
Streamed online here

9.30am to 12pm - Polokalame o le tatalaina o le Vaiaso ‘o le Gagana Sāmoa 2021 at Victoria University of Wellington
This event is open to staff and students and will begin with the Sisiina o le Fu’a (flag raising ceremony). Email [email protected] to attend.
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus.

6pm to 8pm - Porirua Samoan Methodist Church Samoan Cooking Event
At this Open event that's free of charge you can learn how to cook Samoan dishes such as Chop Suey, Panikeke, Luau, Talo, Koko Samoa, Alaisa popo and other Samoan food.
Venue: 61 Kokiri Street, Porirua.

6.30pm to 7.30pm - Aoga Kuka (Cooking Class 101)
This cooking class involves some of our youth members taking us through the steps of how to make the basic traditional delicacies of Samoa such as: making pe’epe’e from scratch, Luau/Palusami (coconut milk enclosed with taro leaves), Pagikeke (Pancakes), Koko Samoa (hot cocoa drink).
Venue: Porirua College, 64 Driver Crescent, Cannons Creek. Porirua.

10am to 12pm - Tauvaga Lauga Fa’asamoa (Samoan Speech Competition)
Samoan Speech Competition with this year’s theme: ‘Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale’.
Venue: Porirua College, 64 Driver Crescent, Cannons Creek. Porirua.

10.45am to 11.30am - Story World
Samoan themed story world session.
Venue: City Centre Library. Corner of Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua.

6.30pm to 7.30pm - Evening of Arts and Crafts
Pale fuiono making, ula beads/ula lole making, fixing (fogofogo) of the ie toga and learning about the Ava ceremony.
Venue: City Hub. 7 Serlby Place, Porirua.

11am to 12.30pm - Otahuhu Primary School – Samoa Language Week celebrations
Join us online as our children from Otahuhu Primary School showcase what they have planned to end off their weeklong celebrations for Samoa Language Week. Supported by FAGASA.
Streamed online here

6.15pm to 9.45pm - O le Tulafale – The Orator film screening
Take part in a special film screening and in-depth panel discussion with Writer/Director Tusi Tamasese and Producer Catherine Fitzgerald, as they take us on a journey into their creative process that inspired this beautiful film, moderated by Ete Eteuati.
Venue: Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Te Papa Tongarewa, National Museum of New Zealand.

6.30pm to 9pm - Talanoa Mai
Saturday Fly & The Paper Grace Project welcomes you to ‘Talanoa Mai’ – join in on the discussion with some of Auckland’s Samoan leading businesses! The line up includes Jason Venu (Coversure), Anastacia Oloapu (Wun Wise Women), Sale Keresoma (Tama O Le Nu’u Apparel), Penina Schmidt (Kara’s) and Teuila Benioni (Wedding She Wrote).
Venue: The Pacific Business Hub 9 Sharkey Street, Manukau. Auckland.

10.45am to 11.30am - Story World with Dahlia Malaeulu
Join Dahlia Malaeulu, author of Teine Samoa as she hosts Story World.
Venue: City Centre Library. Corner of Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua.

11am to 12.30pm  - Fa’ai’uga o le vaiaso with Henderson Intermediate School
Join us online as our children from Henderson Intermediate School in Henderson, Auckland unite to showcase their Samoan language and culture. Supported by FAGASA.
Streamed online here

 

 

9am to 4pm - Samoan Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS) Porirua and the Samoan Methodist Church Porirua's closing of Samoa Language Week
Come along to this special event where the programme for the day is tailored for young people under the age of 35. All are welcome to take part.
Venue: 2 Louisa Grove, Waitangirua. Porirua.

1pm to 5pm - Tapunia aloa’ia o le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Official closing ceremony for Samoa Language Week 2021)
Join us online for the closing ceremony of Samoa Language Week and the awards presentation of the Tautai o le Gagana Language Champion Honours.
Streamed online here

6pm to 9pm - Cultural dances, songs and fashion show by EFKS Invercargill
Come along to what will be an exciting show with free entry. Suluana on 020 4021 3385 or Enoka 022 472 8218 for more information.
Venue: SIT Centrestage, 33 Don Street. Invercargill.