Tuvalu Language Week
Tuvalu is a small Pacific island nation that lies midway between Australia and Hawaii. “Tuvalu” means eight islands although there are actually nine inhabited islands.
Tuvaluan people are the seventh largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand, making up 1 percent of New Zealand’s Pacific population.
Tuvalu Language Week is organised by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to maintain and promote the language and culture of Tuvalu, helping all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Schools can celebrate the identity, language, and culture of students from Tuvalu supporting this group of learners to engage and achieve success. – Ministry of Education
Ideas for Workplaces:
To recognise this event…
- Make connections to your community; there is a chance that you will have some speakers of Tuvaluan in your community. If possible, invite them along to join your workplace for a shared morning tea where they can introduce the traditional language and culture of Tuvalu.
- Get the conversation going; start your weekly catch-up meetings with a question for everyone to consider and discuss. Something along the lines of “Why is it important for all New Zealanders to celebrate and learn Tuvaluan?” “What benefits will this bring to New Zealanders of Tuvaluan descent?”
- Learn some simple words and phrases! Words and phrases that you could try: talofa (hello), tofa (goodbye), fakafetai (thank you), sipi kana (awesome), manuia te aso (have a good day).
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