Tongan Language Week
Since 2011, Lea Tonga mo e ‘ulungaanga molumalu (Tongan language and culture) has been celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand during an annual Language Week. “Our collective efforts and motivation to cherish our Pacific languages and bilingualism as a valued competitive edge can only enrich New Zealand’s cultural capital,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.
“The passion for Pacific languages and cultures will not grow on its own, and the Government’s Wellbeing Budget allows us to work in partnership with Pacific communities and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to keep the fires burning so that our Pacific stories, which our languages carry, continue to be passed onto future generations to come. Our languages need to be recognised and valued in our schools, community halls, our workplaces and in all areas of our lives.”
Ideas for Workplaces:
To recognise this event…
Download the Tongan Language Week learning resource from the Te Papa website and use some Tongan words within your workplace communications throughout the week. Perhaps even have a light-hearted mini quiz at the end of the working week to see who can recall the most Tongan words correctly!
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