This year’s theme for Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week is Fakaakoigina tou iloga kae tukeli ke magoi mote ataeao which means, embracing our culture and a more secure, vibrant future.
Fakaakoigina tou iloga kae tukeli ke magoi mote ataeao highlights the important role language and culture has when securing a vibrant future for Tuvaluans across Aotearoa. It encourages language and culture to be embraced to build strong foundations of perseverance, success, and health equity.
By taking a holistic view of wellbeing and positive outcomes, the theme is also a reminder of the power of embracing both traditional and new ways of doing things especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s theme reflects the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing.
Due to COVID-19 Alert Levels across Aotearoa Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week was celebrated online.
Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Tuvalu Language Week Facebook page.
The Language Champion Honours is a new initiative which has been introduced as part of the Pacific Language Weeks series 2021.
The awards recognise our language advocates from the Tuvalu community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Te Gana Tuvalu in Aotearoa.
Male category champion - Vaeluaga Iosefa
Female category champion - Elena Nukulasi
Youth category champion - Savete Sateko-Tealikisele