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Samoa Language Week 2022

Samoa Language Week 2022

Celebrate: Sunday 29 May - Saturday 4 June

This year's theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week is Fa’aāuāu 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.

In launching this year's Samoa Language WeekMinister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said that this year's event will be even more important as Samoa celebrates 60 years of independence, .

“This is the year of Samoa in the Pacific and we begin this week in Aotearoa with the celebration of ‘Le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa’, Samoan Language week", he said.

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.

Below is a calendar of activities and events to 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.

Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Venue & Time

Host

Sunday 29 May 2022

Sauniga Lotu Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa

Papatoetoe High School

3.30 – 6.30pm

Papatoetoe, Auckland

Fotu o Malama

 

Service for Samoan Language Week. Fono to follow

3.30pm

Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Trust Office

1334 Hinemoa Street

Rotorua

Rotorua Samoan Community

 

Sauniga Amata – Opening Service

Whakatu Presbyterian Church

5.00pm

Nelson

Faalapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman

 

Tauvaga Lauga – Samoan speech Competition

Whakatu Presbyterian Church

5.00pm

Nelson

Faalapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman

 

Tauvaga Solo – Samoan Poem Competition

Whakatu Presbyterian Church

5.00pm

Nelson

Faalapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman

 

COMBINED SERVICE – OFFICIAL OPENING OF SAMOAN LANGUAGE WEEK & CELEBRATION OF SAMOA’S 60TH INDEPENDENCE

EFKS Invercargill

9.30am - 6pm

135 Bowmont Street

Invercargill

THREE CHURCHES (AOG, EFKS & METHODIST)

Invercargill

 

 

Wellington Combined Church Service to celebrate the Samoa Language Week and Samoa 60th Anniversary Celebrations

5.30pm - 8.00pm 

EKFS Church

197 Rata Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Mafutaga Faifeau a Samoa i Ueligitone

Monday 30 May 2022

Lotu mo le tatalaina o polokalame a le SAASIA mo le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa – Opening service for SAASIA Samoan language week

EFKS Otahuhu (Live-streamed)

SAASIA

 

Fofoga o le Laumua / Samoa Capital Radio Week of Events

10am – 12pm Mon – Thurs 2pm – 4pm Fri

Wellington

Samoa Capital Radio

 

Opening Faigalotu, Ava Ceremony, Raising of the Flag

Lakeview School

9.00am

Lansdowne, Masterton

Wairarapa Samoa Celebrations

 

Samoa Flag Raising

8am – 9am

Te Rauparaha Park

Porirua, Wellington

Porirua City Council and local Schools

 

Samoan Speech Competition

12.00pm

Makoura College

Masterton

Wairarapa Samoa Celebrations

 

Polokalame o le tatalaina o le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2022

10am – 11am

Level 2, Kelburn Library

Victoria University

Wellington

Victoria University

 

Tuiga making workshop

EFKS Invercargill

4pm – 8pm

Invercargill

Invercargill AOG, EFKS & Methodist churches

 

Ava Ceremony

Celebration of Samoan Language Week

Ti Kouka

Haere Roa

10am – 12pm

University of Canterbury

Christchurch 

The Canterbury University Samoan Students Association

 

 

Samoa Flag Raising Ceremony

10am – 11am

Hagley Ave

Christchurch

Hagley Community College

 

Speech Contest, Cooking, Sports, Flag Raising, Singing and Performances

Sacred Heart College

65 Laings Road, Woburn

Lower Hutt, Wellington

Sacred Heart College

Tuesday 31 May 2022

SAASIA Aoga Amata Napier, Hastings, and Palmerston North programme

(Pre-Recorded)

SAASIA

 

Tuiga making workshop

 

EFKS Invercargill

4pm – 7pm

Invercargill

Invercargill AOG, EFKS & Methodist churches

 

Ia Malamalama Aoga Amata performance

10am – 2pm

EFKS Palmerston North

Westbrook, Palmerston North

Ia Malamalama Aoga Amata

Wednesday 1 June 2022

SAASIA Aoga Amata Christchurch Programme

(Pre-recorded)

SAASIA

 

Lotu Fa’amanū o le 60 tausaga o le Tūto’atasi o Samoa – Service for the 60th anniversary of Samoa’s Independence

7am – 9am

Fale o Samoa, 141 Bader Drive

Māngere, Auckland

MPP, FAGASA, Fotu o Malama, SAASIA

 

Siva with Varns – Le Mau Production

10am, 1pm, 4.30pm

Masterton Theatre

Masterton

Wairarapa Samoa Celebrations

 

Samoa Speech Competition with Porirua and Hutt Valley Schools

9.30am - 2pm

Porirua College

Porirua, Wellington

Tautai o le Moana

 

Independence Lotu, hosted by Mayor Aaron Hawkins

5 - 7pm

First Church

415 Moray Place

Central Dunedin

 
 

Pi Faitau Colouring Book Launch

5.30pm

DMC Building

2 Dundas Street, Level 1

Christchurch

 

 

Samoan High Commission 60th Independence Event

6pm – 8pm

Pipitea Marae

Thorndon, Wellington

Samoan High Commission

 

60th Anniversary of Independence commemoration and flag raising ceremony

6.30pm

Rotorua Methodist Church

187 Old Taupo Road

Rotorua

Rotorua Samoan Community

Thursday 2 June 2022

SAASIA Song & Poem competition

(pre-recorded)

SAASIA

 

Sports evening

 

 

Invercargill

Invercargill AOG, EFKS & Methodist churches

 

Felafolafoa’iga a Aoga Maualuluga

4 - 8pm

Otahuhu Town Hall Community Centre

Otahuhu, Auckland

 

 

Samoa’s 60th Independence Anniversary and the 60th year of New Zealand’s Treaty of Friendship with Samoa

7.30pm

Food Court, University Union, University of Otago

Dunedin

Va’a o Tautai, University of Otago

Friday 3 June 2022

SAASIA Closing service

Wellington

SAASIA

 

Faafiafiaga mo Tama ma Tina Matutua - Event for the Elderly:

  • Includes storytelling of old, live music and all games (Suipi, Komino, Draughts, Bingo) provided
  • Prizes for best Puletasi & Aloha Shirt
  • Spot prizes

1 – 5pm

WINTEC Atrium

Whitiora, Hamilton

Waikato Samoa Celebrations

 

Samoa Language Week celebration

11am – 1pm

Waimataitai School

Waimataitai, Timaru

Multicultural Aoraki and FALCM Church 

 

Fiafia Night – School Cultural Performances

7.00pm

Masterton Rec Centre

Masterton

Wairarapa Samoa Celebrations

 

Niusina A le Pasefika Dance & Performance Event

11am – 3pm

Monrad Intermediate School 

Palmerston North 

Nusina A le Pasefika Trust

 

 

Marist Otago Samoa Independence Social (Fundraiser)

From 6pm

Southern Rugby Club

Bathgate Park

Helena street

Forbury Corner

Dunedin

 

Saturday 4 June 2022

March parade & Sisiga fu’a. Raising of the Flag & Ava Ceremony

7.30am - Meet at Knox Street and walk down CBD to the HCC Civic Square

8.30am - Ceremony Service and Raising of Flag

9.30am – 11am Traditional Ava Ceremony 

Knox Street to HCC Civic Square

Hamilton

Waikato Samoa Celebrations

 

Tauvaga Faafiafiaga – Siva Samoa competition

1 – 6pm

Fraser High School Gymnasium

Hamilton

Waikato Samoa Celebrations

 

Samoan Independence Day 60th Celebration

10am – 2pm

Nelson Boys College Hall

Nelson

Faalapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman

 

Le Lalelei o le Laumua – Ueligitone

Dance Showcase

6.00pm

Elim Church 

Porirua

Lalelei Collective (Tautua Dance, Anamua Fou Dance, Tofi o Tamatane Movement)

 

Samoan Independence Day 60th Celebration

Malborough

Samoan Community Marlborough

 

Samoan market day

 

9.00am

135 Bowmont Street

Invercargill

Invercargill AOG, EFKS & Methodist churches

 

Samoan Independence Day 60th Celebration

Time and venue TBC

Closing Ceremony

Rotorua

Rotorua Samoan Community

  Samoan Independence Day 60th Celebration – Ava ceremony Christchurch Fono Faufautua Samoa Christchurch

Sunday 5 June 2022

Church service of Thanksgiving:

  • Combined service with all Samoan congregations & Samoan community

1 – 6pm

Fraser High School Gymnasium

Hamilton

Waikato Samoa Celebrations

Monday 6 June 2022

Volleyball Tournament

10am – 3pm

Fraser High School Gymnasium

Hamilton

Waikato Samoa Celebrations

Samoa Language Week resources

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

Samoa computer desktop wallpaper - 1920x1080 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 Theme 2022:

Fa’aāuāu le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai - Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean (MP3) - Download

Simple greetings and phrases:

Hello (formal) - Talofa lava (MP3) - Download

How are you? (to one person) - O a mai oe (MP3) - Download

How are you? (to two people) - O a mai oulua (MP3) - Download

How are you? (to three or more people) - O a mai outou (MP3) - Download

Please - Faamolemole (MP3) - Download

Thank you - Fa'afetai (MP3) - Download

Goodbye - Tofa soifua (MP3) - Download

Happy Samoan Language Week - Manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa - (MP3) - Download

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

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

Samoa Language Week Web banner (theme) - 2400 x 800 px (JPG) - Download

Samoa Language Week Web banner (blank) - 2400 x 800 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

Rectangular Samoa Language Week 2022 tile (blank) - 1200x628 px (PNG) - Download

Rectangular Samoa Language Week 2022 tile (theme) - 1200x628 px (PNG) - Download

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

Square Samoa Language Week 2022 tile (no theme) - 1080x1080 px (PNG) - Download

Blank Square Samoa Language Week 2022 tile (no theme) - 1080x1080 px (PNG) - Download

One file containing all resources, including: 

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

(8 MB Zip file) - Download

Samoa Language Week Funding Recipients

Below are recipients of funding for community contributions towards Samoa Language Week preparations in 2021:

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

Aiga Samoa Far North

Kaitaia

5,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through church resources, cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

CCCS Youth

Invercargill

5,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

FAGASA

Auckland

15,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

Fotu O Mālama

Auckland

15,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

Lorenzo Kaisara

Auckland

5,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

SAASIA

Auckland

15,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

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