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Niuean Language Week

Sunday 14/10/2018

Ko e tau fakafiafiaaga he Vagahau Niue mo e tau Aga Fakamotu! Celebrating Niuean Language Week, October 13-19

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue / Niuean Language Week is underway, so this 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

 

The Ministry of Pacific Peoples has a more comprehensive language resource available for download here.

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.

Here are the events around Auckland celebrating Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue:

Tues 15 Oct       

Anapekapeka Niue Day: Glendene Community Hub, Hepburn Road, 10am - 2pm

Niue Youth Network Quiz Night: MIT Pasifika Community Centre, MIT Otara Campus, 7pm - 9pm

Wed 16 Oct

Fiti lagakali Story time: Mangere Library, 121 Bader Dr, Mangere, 10am - 4pm

Thursday 17 Oct

Niue Youth Network Lologo Night: Fickling Centre, Mt Roskill, 7pm - 9pm

Friday 18 Oct

Vagahau Niue Song Competition: Favona Primary School, Mangere, 6pm

Saturday 19 Oct

Niue Day Pulefakamotu Celebrations: Western Springs Community Centre, Western Springs, 10am

Pulefakamotu Celebrations: Nga Tapuwae Centre, 253 Bucklands Road, Mangere, 10am

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