Samoan Language Week 2017

Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Samoa will run from Sunday 28 Mē (May) to 3 Iuni (June) 2017 with various events scheduled throughout the week, around the country, to celebrate.

 

 

Beginning with the official launch on Saturday the 27th of May at the Auckland War Memorial Museum from 4pm, this year’s theme is "Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga” – “Keep your identity alive to thrive” an important aspect of life amongst the Samoan diaspora living in New Zealand.

 

According to Stats NZ although the third most commonly spoken language in New Zealand, following English and Te reo Maori, Samoan is the second most commonly spoken language in Auckland.

 

Despite remaining the largest Pacific Peoples ethnic group in New Zealand only 60% of Samoans in the country speak the language so this coming week is a chance to focus on encouraging more people to use and learn Gagana Samoa.

 

There will be a Secondary School Samoan language debate between south Auckland schools McAuley High, De la Salle College, Southern Cross and Aorere College, taking place on Wednesday May 31 at 4pm at Stadium, Toia, 28-34 Mason Ave, Otahuhu.

 

Look out for more events taking place around New Zealand to celebrate, or download the full calendar of events PFD here.

 

Fa’afetai ma ia manuia (thank you and be well).