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Tonga Language Week 2022

Tonga Language Week 2022

Celebrate: Sunday 4 September – Saturday 10 September

This year’s theme for Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week - is: Ke Tu'uloa 'a e lea faka-Tonga 'i Aotearoa, which means Sustaining the Tonga Language in Aotearoa. 

Ke Tu'uloa 'a e lea faka-Tönga′ 'i Aotearoa has a positive and progressive connotation. To support the overarching Language Weeks theme of Sustainability, the word TU'ULOA in the theme this year means to continuously grow, nurture, and sustain a valued idea, practice, event, or memory in an enduring way.

In his acknowledgement of Tonga Language Week, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio urges Tongans everywhere to embrace Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga, to help stop the decline in its use by the New Zealand born Tongan population.

Activities and events will be hosted throughout Aotearoa, to embrace Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga. Given the success of Tongan Language Week online last year, some community groups are planning to deliver their initiatives online, while the majority will be face-to-face. Many of the initiatives this year continue to focus on youth and the passing of cultural knowledge from the elders to young people. 

Bookmark this page to see the Calendar of Events when published. Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Tonga Language Week Facebook page.

Tonga Language Week resources

Enjoy all our phrases of the day from Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week 2022.

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Tonga Blank poster template 1 red with theme - A4  Download (PDF) 

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Tonga Language Card - 6 pages, 180kb (PDF) - [Download]

(MP3) - Download one audio file, containing these simple greetings and phrases:

  • Happy Tonga Language Week
  • Formal greeting
  • Informal greeting
  • Greeting to two people
  • Greeting to two or more people
  • How are you?
  • Please
  • Thank you
  • Thank you very much
  • Goodbye (to the person leaving)
  • Goodbye (to the person staying)
  • Tonga Language Week theme 2022

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

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Venue & Time

Host

Sāpate, 4 September 2022

Lotu fakaava ‘o e Uike′: Tīkoni Falanisesi Hafoka

Kaveinga lotu - Folofola

6am

Tongan Methodist Church,
Glen Innes, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Thanksgiving service & the Launching of the Tongan Language Week for schools in Aotearoa

2pm

Otahuhu College, 74-78 Mangere Road, Ōtāhuhu, Auckland.

Tolutoluhama NZSTLA

 

Flag raising and opening ceremony

3 pm

Hasting Council

Fine Tonga Oku Hala i Kolo Mahanga

 

Pōhiva & Lea Faka-Tonga

5pm

Burns Hall Dunedin

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Pōlotu

5pm -8pm

FWC Church, 11 Otipuna Rd, Timaru

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Talanoa ma’ae fanau′, Veesi lauloto, Hiva, Fakahā vala lotu, Kuki

6pm

 

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Pōlotu/ Pōhiva                  

6pm-8pm

39 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Pōhiva & Speeches

7pm

Selusalema - Māngere Branch

Ēseli ‘o e To’utupu Trust

 

Lotu fāmili: Hoa e Faifekau′ Toakase Taufa

7pm

88 Pleasant View Road Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

Mōnite 5 September 2022

Lotu

5:30am

Online

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Online Challenge Fakafe‘ilo’aki Greetings

Online

Facebook

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Online Intro Video, Kids to recite old/New Testament in order in Tongan, as well as key verses from the bible

Online

Facebook

Ēseli ‘o e To’utupu Trust

 

Tongan Language Week Celebration in 18 Schools throughout the week

 

Tolutoluhama NZSTLA

 

Opening Ceremony

10am-2pm

Glen Innes Library

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

11:30 am

Talbot Park Nurses

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Ipu Kava

12pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

1:30 pm

Temuka Primary Yr 0-6

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Talanoa Tupu’a moe Fananga

9:30am

Akoteu Kato kakala, 210 Bairds Road, Otara, Auckland

Kakala Malie Incorporated Society

 

Speech Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools Competition

6pm

St Peter Chanel Church Hall, Hasting

Fine Tonga Oku Hala i Kolo Mahanga

 

Lotu, Family show- traditional attires & ta’ovala, veesi lauloto, songs and a proverb, speech & supper

6pm-9pm

St Patrick Primary Hall, Kilbirnie, Wellington 

Makatu’unga He ‘Ofa Tongan Community Wellington

 

Lea Faka-Tonga event

7pm

88 Pleasant View Road

Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Impromptu Speech Night

7pm

44 Victoria Road, Saint Kilda, Dunedin

Kilikali Youth

Tūsite 6 September 2022

Lotu

5:30am

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Online Quiz Night, Recite bible stories in Tongan by memory

Wednesday - Online Himi Competition

Online

Ēseli ‘o e To’utupu Trust

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

8:30am

OT

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

9:30 am

Oceanview Heights

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Faiva mo e hiva kātonga

9:30am

Akoteu Kato kakala, 210 Bairds Road, Otara, Auckland

Kakala Malie Incorporated Society

 

Tohi Ngatu

10am-2pm

Glen Innes Community Hall

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Art Workshop

10am-2pm

Te Oro

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

10:30-11am

Roncalli College, Year 9-13

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

11:30 am

Rural Scholars, Waimate 

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Placemats

12pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

1:30pm

Sacred Heart Primary, Year 0-8

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Cultural Expo & Skills Workshop

11am-7pm

University of Otago

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Ako Faiva

1-2:30pm

St Francis Xavier Primary School (Tawa)

Malia Tupou Arts & Culture Inc

 

Tongan Arts & Crafts

6pm

St Peter Chanel Church Hall, Hastings

Fine Tonga Oku Hala i Kolo Mahanga

 

Tongan quiz for Kids

7pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

Pulelulu 7 September 2022

Lotu

5:30am

Online

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Online Himi Competition

Online

Ēseli ‘o e To’utupu Trust

 

Online Challenge Maau & Proverbs

Online

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

8:30am

Timaru Girls High School

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Story Time

10am-11am

Glen Innes Community Hall

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

10am

Learning Barn

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Craft and sei making

 

11am-1pm

Glen Innes Community Hall

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

10:30 am

Glenview Kindergarten

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Ear-ring holders or candle

12pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

1:30 pm

Westend Kindergarten 

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

2pm

Timaru Christian School

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Ta’ovala Faka-Tonga

9:30 am

Akoteu Kato kakala, 210 Bairds Road, Otara, Auckland

Kakala Malie Incorporated Society

 

Teaching & making monomono (batch work) in Tongan by Ane Nanasi Pau’u Pahulu Exhibition.

12pm-1pm

Toi Poneke Art gallery centre, 61/69 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Makatu’unga He ‘Ofa Tongan Community Wellington

 

Ako Faiva

1-2:30pm

Scott College

Malia Tupou Arts & Culture Inc

 

Crafts with children

4pm-5pm

Crafts with children

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Sports in Tongan

7pm

44 Victoria Road, Saint Kilda, Dunedin

Kilikali Youth

 

Speech Competition

6pm-8pm

Speech Competition - Salvation Army Kilbirnie

Malia Tupou Arts & Culture Inc

 

Quiz Night

6pm

Fine Tonga Oku Hala i Kolo Mahanga

 

Food presentation

7pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

Tu'apulelulu 8 September 2022

Lotu

5:30am

Online

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Phrases, proverbs or Tongan words for their show he Uike Lea Faka-Tonga. 

 

6am-7am

Access Radio program - Half an hour slot on Yalo I Viti (Spirit of Fiji) Radio program. (TBC)

Makatu’unga He ‘Ofa Tongan Community Wellington

 

Online Tongan Chef Competition

Online

Ēseli ‘o e To’utupu Trust

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′  & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′  (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

9 am

Bluestone - Years 0-4

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Weaving: kiekie, kafa, kahoa

12pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Gardening 

11am-12pm

Glen Innes Library

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Lālanga mo e koka’anga

9:30am

Akoteu Kato kakala, 210 Bairds Road, Otara, Auckland


Kakala Malie Incorporated Society

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

11 am

Kids at Play Preschool

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Lea faka-Tonga Workshop

5:30 pm-7:30pm

TBC

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Crafting

7pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Pōhiva (Music (night

TBC

Kilikali Youth Dunedin

 

Tongan Speech Competition/Cultural performances

6pm

Salvation Army Kilbirnie Wellington


Malia Tupou Arts & Culture

 

Arts and Crafts - ngāue 'fakamea'a

6pm

Hastings

Fine Tonga Oku Hala i Kolo Mahanga

Falaite 9 September 2022

Lotu

5:30am

Online

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Online Hiva (Singing) Challenge

Online

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

9 am

Grantlea Downs

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

10am

Highfield School

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

11:15am-11:45am

Waimataitai School

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Market Day

11am – 12pm

11am-2pm

Between Te Oro and Glen Innes Library

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Kātoanga Ma’u Me’atokoni

9:30am

Akoteu Kato Kakala

210 Bairds Road, Otara, Auckland

Kakala Malie Incorporated Society

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

1pm

Women’s Refuge

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Kātoanga ‘i he ngaahi ‘apiako′ & Talanoa mo ha ngaahi ‘api ngāue′ (Celebrations around Schools & Talanoa with some workplaces

1:50 pm

Timaru Boys High School

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Tongan Costumes Ball. Foods & Crafts demonstrations.Traditional Dances & Hulohula

6pm -11pm

Siasi Mamonga Hall (Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, 51 Ngatitoa Street, Porirua (way to Titahi Bay)

Makatu’unga He ‘Ofa Tongan Community Wellington

 

Pōhiva

7pm

44 Victoria Road, Saint Kilda, Dunedin

Kilikali Youth

 

Teunga vala faiva faka-Tonga

7pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

Tokonaki 10 September 2022

Lotu -Tīkoni

5:30am

Online

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Tāpuni ‘o e Uike Tonga′  – Closing of the Tongan Language Week 2022 Celebration

9:30am

Akoteu Kato kakala - 210 Bairds Road, Otara, Auckland


Kakala Malie Incorporated Society

 

Fun Day for families & children’s activities, colouring, crafting - mat with wool’s & Kako weaving with flax, tapa painting, Chop suey tastings.

11:30-2pm

St Patrick Primary Hall

Makatu’unga He ‘Ofa Tongan Community Wellington

 

Faka’ali’ali ngoue, tō ‘akau

12pm

88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Closing Ceremony Faiva/Foaki pale (A showcase of different Tongan performances by the hosting committee and local schools, followed by Prizegiving)

1pm

Fine Tonga Oku Hala i Koko Mahanga

 

Tonga Touch NZ

2pm – 4pm

Sturges Park

Ha’ape Mata Mei Langi ‘o Glen Innes

 

Faiva Showcase

3pm-6pm

Carisbrook School Hall Dunedin

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Otago Tongan Studeents Association 10th Anniversary Celebration Ball

7.30-11.30pm

Otago Museum

Dunedin Tongan Community

 

Fiefia Night

6pm

TBHS Hall

Tongan Society South Canterbury

 

Lotu Fakafāmili mo tāpuni e uike′  – Faifekau Tisileli Taufa

8pm - 88 Pleasant View Road, Panmure, Auckland

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

Tonga Language Week Funding Recipients

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

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

Christchurch Tongan Youth Council Christchurch

 

3,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Ēseli Youth

Dunedin

3,700.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices and oratory

Fine Tonga oku haka i he kolo mahanga

Hastings

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Fofo'anga o Aotearoa Incorporated Society

Auckland

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, kava ceremony and storytelling

Fonu Moe Moa Aotearoa Society Incorporated

Auckland

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling and intergenerational passing of knowledge from Elders to Youth

Haape Mata Mei Langi o Glen Innes

Auckland

3,500.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Kakala Malie Inc Society

Auckland

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, and storytelling

Kalapu Maileua Charitable Trust

Auckland

2,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Kalasi’aho Famili Koinonia

Auckland

1,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Makatu’unga He ‘Ofa Tongan Community Wellington Incorporated

Wellington

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling and intergenerational passing of knowledge from Elders to Youth

Malia Tupuimakulata Choir

Christchurch

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

New Zealand Tongan Tertiary Student association

Auckland

3,500.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning competition

Otago Tongan Students' Association (OTSA)

Dunedin

3,200.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Palataisi Tongan Childrens Trust

Invercargill

3,700.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Taulama Lea FakaTonga Services Ltd

Auckland

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, music and through church activities

Tongan Society South Canterbury Inc

Timaru

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory and storytelling

Victoria University of Wellington Tongan Students' Association

Wellington

3,250.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

Waikato Tongan Community Charity Trust

Hamilton

3,500.00

Lea Faka Tonga

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling

Wellington Tongan Leaders Council

Wellington

5,000.00

Lea Faka Tonga

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

 

Tonga 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 Pale Fakalāngilangi ‘oe ‘Unuaki Fonua recognise our language advocates from the Tongan community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Lea faka-Tonga in Aotearoa.

Recipients:

Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau

Kolovula Murphy

Sefita Hao’uli

Komiti Ngaaue ‘a e Ta’u & Uike ‘o e lea faka-Tonga ‘i Aotearoa (Language Year and Week Committee)