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Kiribati Language Week

Sunday 11/07/2021

Kiribati is the South Pacific's largest marine reserve, and home to around 116,300 people. Kiribati’s geography renders it extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels and the saltwater inundation of fresh water supplies. There are a number of Kiwis who share connections with Kiribati and while there is not a wealth of resources for i-Kiribati speakers, the language is thriving thanks to grassroots efforts. In 2019, Finlayson Park Primary School in Manurewa established a Kiribati language unit.

The theme for Kiribati language week this year is 'Maubonian te teei i nanon te mwenga bon karekean te maiuraoi, te ongotaeka ao te tangira’ meaning ‘the home is where we nurture our children towards a healthy, responsible, loving, and prosperous future’.

Here are some phrases you can practice if you are new to the Kiribati language but wanting to up your skills to celebrate this week…


And keep up with the latest news and events on the Official Kiribati Language Week Facebook page


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