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Samoa Language Week 2022

Samoa Language Week 2022

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Celebrate online: Sunday 29 May - Saturday 4 June

This year's theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week is Fa’aauau le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai - Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean.

As part of this year’s overarching theme of ‘Sustainability’, the Samoan community chose a theme that would reflect the journey of language revitalisation and maintenance as well as recognising the importance of having the right tools, good leadership skills, relationships and the correct medium (va’a) that is adaptable to faring the ocean and its elements.

This year marks 12 years since Samoa Language Week has been celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand. Following on from 2021, Samoa Language Week 2022 is led by three key organisations – FAGASA, Fotu ō Malama and SAASIA. 

2022 is also a significant year for the Samoan community, being the 60th anniversary of Samoa Independence. Communities are organising activities to commemorate this milestone, which coincides with Samoa Language Week.

Samoa has a unique historical relationship with New Zealand. It is the only nation that New Zealand has a Treaty of Friendship. The Treaty of Friendship between Samoa and New Zealand is about a commitment to partnership, friendship and a mutual endeavour to obtain for Tagata Samoa fuller opportunities for social progress. Language is critical in achieving this.

Activities and events will be held throughout Aotearoa to embrace and celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa and the 60th Anniversary of Samoa Independence.

Stay connected online by visiting the official Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa Facebook page.

Samoa Language Week resources

Samoa Email signature - 700x100 px (PNG) - Download

Samoa Language Week Official poster - A4 Download (PDF)

Samoa Language Week Official poster - A3 Download (PDF)

Samoa Blank poster template 1 blue - A4 Download (PDF) 

Samoa Blank poster template 1 white- A4  Download (PDF) 

Samoa Language Card - 6 pages, 600kb (PDF) - Download

Samoa Language Week Web banner - 1200 x 628 px (JPG) - Download

Samoa Language Week blank Web banner - 1920 x 1080 px (JPG) - Download

Square Samoa Language Week 2022 tile - 1080x1080 px (PNG) - Download

Blank Square Samoa Language Week 2022 tile - 1080x1080 px (PNG) - Download

Blank story Samoa Language Week 2022 tile - 1920x1080 px (PNG) - Download

Coming soon!

One file containing all resources, including: 

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

Samoan Language Champion Honours 2021

The Language Champion Honours is a new initiative which was introduced as part of the Pacific Language Weeks series 2021 and will be run every two years.

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.

2021 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