Samoan Language Week 2018

Samoan Language Week 2018 is underway from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June, and we have got you covered. Find out below what events are going on around New Zealand to celebrate this year’s Samoan Language week and learn some important proverbs.



This year’s theme is ‘Alofa atu nei, alofa mai taeao’ which means ‘kindness given, kindness gained’.


The Minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the theme is based on the reciprocity of Samoans worldwide, he says he hopes this year more people would take part in the Samoan language and cultural celebrations nationwide.


"Samoans believe that when you show compassion towards one another that will be responded in like.


"Kindness begets kindness and I think that is a reminder that we are all connected as peoples of New Zealand, peoples of the Pacific region," he said.


This year’s Samoan Language Week, Le Vaiaso O le Gagana Samoa will involve promotions at primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions and universities, public libraries, churches, social clubs and community groups throughout the country.


Founded by The Association for the Maintenance and Teaching of the Samoan Language in Aotearoa, Fa’alapotopotonga mo le A’oa’oina o le Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa (FAGASA),institutional support has also grown over the years.


This year’s Samoan Language Week is supported by the Human Rights Commission, Auckland Council, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Ara Institute, the Ministry of Education, Victoria University Wellington and the Pasifika Education Centre.


“These partnerships show that there is increasing recognition of the importance and value of Samoan and other Pacific languages in New Zealand today and that can only bode well for the future of us all,”  says Aupito William Sio.


Samoan proverbs (with transliteration):



See events to attend from around NZ for tomorrow and Wednesday below:




Further information about Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa including events and resources can be found here.