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17-06-2014 - Multilingualism reflects diversity – Dame Susan Devoy

Type: Media Release

More youngsters growing up understanding more than one language is good news says Race Relations Commission Dame Susan Devoy. “New Zealand is starting to sound the way we look: diverse and multilingual,” said Dame Susan. “Learning your own language strengthens your identity and confidence: once you know more than one language it’s easier to learn […]

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05-06-2014 - Unitec Songwriting Competition Aims To Keep Pacific Languages Alive

Type: News, Other, Partner News, Video

Celebrating the beauty of Pacific languages through song is an important way to keep those languages s alive and thriving, so this year Unitec has announced that it will be launching the Pacific Songwriting Competition. Regardless of whether you’re originally from a Pacific nation or you just love the language, anyone who lives in New […]

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27-05-2014 - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa: Samoan Language Week – Auckland Libraries Events

Type: Event

The theme for this years Samoan Language Week (25 May-31 May) is: “Taofimau i au measina Hold fast to your cultural treasures”, and if you live in Auckland you can join us in celebrating Samoan Language and Culture at libraries across Auckland. Central City Library Talofa! Pese ma siva mo le fa’agaoioina o le fanau laiti – Talofa! […]

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26-05-2014 - Hold fast to your cultural treasures – Samoan Language Week

Type: Media Release

As New Zealanders prepare for Samoan Language Week 2014 Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy hopes Wellingtonians will have a go and take part. “It’s fitting that a school that has been teaching Samoan students for more than 60-years will be hosting one of Wellington’s key Samoan Language Week events,” said Dame Susan. “Samoan boys have […]

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21-03-2014 - Commission launches review of Race Relations in 2013

Type: Media Release, Report

New Zealand is more diverse than it has ever been and this is both its greatest strength and biggest challenge. That’s according to Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission,  who launched  her first race relations review and the Commission’s tenth, entitled Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2013 last night. […]

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22-06-2012 - How Karangahape Road earned its name

Type: Event

Karangahape Road is well known throughout New Zealand but few are aware of the history behind its name. Its story is entwined with that of Hape, a successful explorer born with a club foot. His story, and those of other te hunga hauā (disabled people) will be shared over a two day hui, Ngā Tapuwae […]

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25-05-2012 - New Zealanders encouraged to embrace Samoan Language Week

Type: Media Advisory

Le Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa − Samoan Language Week: 27 May – 2 June 2012 O le Vāfealoa’i – Strong and Respectful Relationships One of New Zealand’s most widely used languages, Samoan, is in the spotlight this week as Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa − Samoan Language Week celebrations and events take off around […]

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07-03-2012 - Race relations report highlights changing face of NZ

Type: Report

The changing face of New Zealand and its implications for race relations are highlighted in the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations launched today.

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05-06-2010 - Language champions honoured for Samoan Language Week

Type: Media Release

Five people who have pioneered the teaching and promotion of the Samoan language in New Zealand over the past four decades will be honoured this weekend as the inaugural “Samoan Language Champions: Tautai o le gagana Samoa”. The awards are being presented by the Human Rights Commission, NZ National Commission for UNESCO and FAGASA (Fa’alāpotopotoga […]

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08-04-2010 - Māori and Samoan organisations promote languages

Type: Media Release

The Māori Language Commission and the Association of Samoan Teachers will join forces to promote both Samoan Language Week and Māori Language Week this year. Samoan Language Week starts on 30 May and Māori Language Week on 26 July.

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