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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 was 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 were held throughout Aotearoa to embrace and celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa. Stay connected online by visiting the official Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa Facebook page.

Samoan 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 Tautai and Tautua o le Gagana Awards recognise our language advocates from the Samoan community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Gagana Samoa in Aotearoa.

Recipients:

Tautai o le Gagana Awards

  • Melegalenu’u Ah Sam
  • Sala Pafitimai Dr Faasaulala Tagoilelagi-Leota
  • Fa’atili Iosua Esera

Tautua o le Gagana Awards

  • Ben Lui
  • Sesilia Faletoi