Fakaalofa lahi atu! 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
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
Nice to meet you Mitaki kua feleveia a taua
Thank you Fakaue lahi
Sorry Fakamolemole la
The Ministry of Pacific Peoples has a more comprehensive language resource available for download here
Niuean Language Week at Auckland Museum:
Wednesday 17 October - Museum staff share their connection to Niuean Language Week and celebrate through story and music.
Saturday 20 October - enjoy vibrant performances from school and community groups. Be sure to book in for the Pacific Collection Access Project (PCAP) Tours to discover the stories hidden within the Museum’s Niuean collection.