All news

Niue Language Week

Sunday 18/10/2020

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue / Niue Language Week 2020 is October 18-24, 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

 

Planet FM 104.6 has four Niuean language programmes. Hear Radio Pekapeka (6.35pm Wednesdays), Leo he Fakaalofa Noa (8am Tuesdays), Niuean Health (7.40pm Wednesdays) and Niuean Church Services (9.35am Sundays) on 104.6FM or anytime online.

The 2020 Niuean Language Week theme is ‘Faliki e tau momoui he tau atuhau ke he Vagahau Niue ’ which in English translates to, “Lay the foundations - give rise to Vagahau Niue for generations". 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!

Go to top