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Niue Language Week

Sunday 17/10/2021

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue / Niue Language Week 2021 is October 17-23, so now is the ideal time to encourage your friends and whānau to learn some (or more!) of the language of Aotearoa’s fourth largest Pasifika community. The Niuean language is closely related to Tongan but also distantly to Māori, Sāmoan, and Hawaiian. Here are some phrases for beginners:

Hello/Greetings              Fakaalofa atu                Nice to meet you           Mitaki kua feleveia a taua

How are you?                  Malolo nakai a koe?        Fine, thank you                Malolo, fakaaue

What is your name?         Ko hai e higoa haau?       My name is ______          Ko ______ e higoa haaku

Please                              Fakamolemole                Thank you                        Fakaue lahi

 

Getting to air during lockdown isn't manageable for all our programme makers, but Planet FM 104.6 has four Niuean language programmes. Hear Radio Pekapeka (6.35pm Wednesdays), Leo he Fakaalofa Noa (8am Tuesdays), Niue Health (7.40pm Wednesdays) and Niue Church Services (9.35am Sundays) on 104.6FM or anytime online.

The 2021 Niue Language Week theme is ‘Kia Tupuolaola e Moui he Tagata Niue' meaning 'May the Tagata Niue thrive'. Visit mpp.govt.nz for language resources!

And check out the NZ Niue Language Week Facebook page to keep up with the latest news and events!

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