Tongan Language Week 2017

Mālō e lelei! Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is coming up next week from 3-9 September and this year’s theme is ‘Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘Ae Nofo 'A Kainga’ — Enriching Aotearoa with our Family Values. Check out how, when and where you can celebrate this week



Tongans are the third largest Pacific community in Aotearoa behind Samoans and the Cook Islanders.


The Tongan population grew almost 20 percent during the 2006 – 2013 census period, lower than the growth rate in the 2001 - 2006 census period of 24.0 percent.


By the time of the 2013 census, there were over 60 000 New Zealanders who identified as Tongan (20.4 percent or 60,333).


Currently, there are more Tongan people born in New Zealand than there are in Tonga, giving lea faka-Tonga (the Tonga language) and anga faka-Tonga (Tonga culture) a special place here.


Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga gives people of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic lea faka-Tonga, and gives people in Aotearoa who speak lea faka-Tonga the chance to be experts. 



Above all it’s a chance to celebrate our Tongan brothers and sisters’ culture so feel free to check out what’s going on around New Zealand to celebrate here.


In a show of support for Tongan Language Week here in New Zealand, Tongan health campaign Mai e Nima will be bringing young Tongan child-celebrities eight year old Charlize Vete and Christopher Latu to New Zealand as ambassadors and faces of the Fun & Fresh Mai e Nima initiative for Tongan Language Week 2017.