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Tauranga Harmony Evening

22 October: Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council Inc. is inviting all to Harmony Evening from 7pm to 9pm at Village Hall, Historic Village at 17th Avenue.

The Chinese Language School and the Chinese Community will present an evening about China culture, art and food.

The evening is open. Please bring food to share for a potluck dinner. A small donation to cover the costs is welcome.

For further information please ring the office on (07) 5716419.

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Auckland Languages Strategy consultation

If you are involved with supporting or working with languages in Auckland in any way, the Auckland Languages Strategy Working Group wants to hear from you.

The diverse group of representatives from language organisations, communities, academics and local government has been working towards an Auckland Languages Strategy, and they will be ready soon to consult on their first draft.

To be included in the consultation, please email Susan Warren, COMET Auckland chief executive: susan.warren@cometauckland.org.nz.

 

Kupu o te Wiki

This year’s Maori Language Week has the theme – Te Kupa o te Wiki: The Word of the Week.

For kupu of the week connect to this website: http://www.korero.maori.nz/news/mlw

Tokelau Language Week is 27 October to 1 November.

On 27 April, 17 Educators representing 12 languages participated in a half-day workshop at the Multicultural Services centre in Wellington. Rongotai MP the Hon. Annette King addressed the participants and wished everyone well for the way ahead for heritage language educators.
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Māori Language Week

Image: Logo for Maori Language WeekMāori Language Week is coming up on 21 – 27 July 2014.  The theme is  ‘Te Kupu o te Wiki, the Word of the Week.  We’ll have more details of events and what’s happening in our next issue. In the mean time check out this super geek tool for our language nerd buffs out there.
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Samoan Langauge Week is being celebrated from 25 May – this year’s theme is He kākano ahau, ruia mai i Rangiatea – I am a seed, scattered from Rangiatea.
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E ngā mana, e nga reo,
E ngā karangatanga maha,
Tēnā koutou

All authorities, all voices,
All the many alliances and affiliations,
Greetings

Naomi your usual newsletter editor has kindly lent me her baton for this newsletter while she takes time out to look after her lovely new born baby.

Te Waka Reo this month has a number of pānui (notices) from our Diversity whānau (family).

We are going to just take a moment to reflect about the role languages in regards to Human Rights.

The right to learn and use one’s own language is an internationally recognised human right. New Zealand has a particular responsibility to ensure the protection and use of te reo Māori as an indigenous language, and also to ensure the survival of a number of Pacific languages, because of the special relationship with some Pacific Island countries and the high proportion of their populations that now live here.  Sign language as one of our nation’s official language’s is also promoted by the Commission.

It is appropriate in this newsletter to therefore acknowledge the wonderful language weeks that we are about to celebrate.

Ngā manaakitanga ki a koutou mo tenei wa

Jessica Kereama

Registrations are now open for the  NZ Diversity Forum to be held in Christchurch on 24 & 25 August at the University of Canterbury (include link). Attendance on Sunday and Monday is free.
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Organisations and iwi groups from across Aotearoa New Zealand have responded to the Government’s plans for a new Māori Language Strategy. The Human Rights Commission was among those who gave feedback on the proposed strategy to promote and protect Te Reo.


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Every year the Commission publishes an annual review of the general developments in race relations over the previous year. The annual review of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013 is now available. It includes a chapter on language diversity and languages-related issues.

Read more at Race relations in 2013.

The search is on for NZSL stars

Do you know a Champion for the Deaf Community? The search is on to find this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in Action Awards winners.

The New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards recognise hard-working people, businesses and organisations who have contributed to the promotion and recognition of New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf culture.  Winners have all made individual or collective efforts towards improving awareness of, access to, and advancement of NZSL, which is used daily by more than 20,000 people.


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Get ready for Māori Language Week

New resources have just been launched for this year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014 is Monday 21 – Sunday 27 July 2014. The theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki, which translates as The Word of the Week.


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The sights and sounds of the Pacific will be on display as the Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and Tokelau language weeks are celebrated in 2014.

The 2014 Pacific Language Week line-up begins with Samoa language week in May and ends with Tokelau language week in early November.


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JSANZ officially launched

JSANZ (Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand) held its official launch at AUT, Auckland on 14 March.


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CLESOL Conference, 10-13 July 2014

The CLESOL conference brings together the needs and interests of two groups of language teachers and researchers − Community languages teachers and ESOL teachers. The conference is held every two years in a different location around the country and attracts around 500 national and international delegates.

The theme for the 14th CLESOL conference is: Essentials for Learning and Teaching: Ko te Pū, ko te Ako.


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AKTESOL AGM and workshop

AKTESOL (the Auckland branch of the TESOL Association of Aotearoa New Zealand) is holding its AGM on 2 April followed by a workshop and presentation by Douglas Choong.


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Japanese Studies Aotearoa to be launched

Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand (JSANZ) is a new organisation with an interest in promoting and advocating for Japanese studies in New Zealand, especially in academia and at tertiary level. The organisation is headed by an executive committee made up of representatives of all programmes teaching Japanese language and/or Japanese studies in New Zealand tertiary institutions, in addition to members representing key external stakeholders.
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New Zealand underwent its 2nd cycle Universal Periodic Review on Monday 27 January in Geneva. Seventy-six countries participated in the interactive dialogue. View the full webcast session at: http://webtv.un.org/watch/new-zealand-review-18th-session-of-universal-periodic-review/3111258233001/.

The New Zealand delegation was led by Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. She praised the strong civil society engagement in the process in her opening statement. This was welcomed by members of the Human Rights Council and considered to be best practice.
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TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languagegs Aotearoa New Zealand) has recently completed a report Jury service in Aotearoa New Zealand for people with low levels of English language ability for the Ministry of Justice. Issues identified in English language ability for jury service by people from migrant or refugee backgrounds include understandings of the New Zealand legal system, the assessment of English language ability, responses to jury summons, letters of excusal, jury selection, and courtroom and jury language. The report makes a number of recommendations for improvement to the system.

The report is available from the TESOLANZ website www.tesolanz.org.nz.

Te Reo Māori Strategy

Consultation hui on the proposed new Māori Language Strategy have begun.

Māori Affairs Minister, Dr. Pita Sharples said, “The draft strategy, which I released in December, proposes that we focus on supporting language learning in the home; and also outlines new governance arrangements for Te Taura Whiri, Te Mangai Pāho and the Māori Television Service which would give Māori/iwi an increased governance role.”
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Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils, is calling for the Office of Ethnic Affairs to lead the development of a community languages framework. The call is made in the Federation’s policies to be put to political parties for the general election, and it will be launched at their national meeting in Dunedin later this month.

The proposed policy on languages is ”under the leadership of the Office/Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, to develop and implement a community languages framework, recognising the social, economic and cultural benefits of supporting the learning and retention of ethnic community languages in New Zealand. In the longer term, to develop and implement a national languages policy which brings together language support policies and programmes across all communities and sectors.”
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On the 21st of February we celebrated International Mother Languages Day throughout the country. The day is celebrated “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”. It encourages the use of language to preserve heritage and culture.

Sadly, the day also commemorates the death of four students in 1952 fighting for the right to formally use their mother tongue in Bengali, Bangladesh.

Thankfully we are a long way from 1952 Bengali but we still have a long way to go in making sure all languages are respected, flourish and thrive in Aotearoa New Zealand. One way to support language diversity is to celebrate Mother Languages Day by learning about your own as well as other cultures and languages.

This year’s theme is “Local languages for global citizenship: spotlight on science”. People are encouraged to read books, texts and poems in their local or a lesser resourced language “somewhere in public” to raise awareness for all the Mother Languages in the world. Maybe visit your local library, read  Where the Wild Things Are  in te reo Māori (if you live in Wellington or visiting there is a session on this as part of the Festival of Arts: http://festival.co.nz/kei-reira-nga-weriweri/ ).  Read the news in Samoan, find a beautiful love poem in Hindi or practice the NZ Sign Language that you know.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Let’s celebrate our diversity on the 21st and explore and delight in the richness language brings to all of us.

Tōku reo tōku ohooho, tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea, tōku reo tōku whakakai marihi.
My language, my valued heritage; my language, object of high esteem; my language, my precious jewel.

The 14th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL, brought to you by TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages New Zealand) and CLANZ (Community Languages Association New Zealand).


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Heike Papenthin arrived in Auckland in March this year to take up her appointment as the National Adviser for German to New Zealand‘s schools. 

Te waka Sep


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“Simply the best”

Nice one, English Language Partners Wellington!  Our wonderful Wellington centre scooped the ‘Supreme Winner’ award for the Wellington City region at the 2013 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.


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Te Reo Māori and Prisons

Damian came to prison when he was barely into his teens – he’s doing life and it will be years before he’ll come up for parole.


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The Government’s updated Māori Education Strategy – Ka Hikitia – is now available online, in English and te reo Māori.


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“Tuvalu tau gana ko tou lagaifakalaga Tuvalu, your language keeps your culture and identity afloat.”

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Language Line, the telephone interpreting provider, has become involved in the tertiary education of future interpreters as part of an on going drive for consistency and trustworthiness in interpreting.


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EthnicWord

EthnicWord develop and publish children’s language resources with the objective ‘to preserve and nurture ethnic languages’.


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Culture is an important cornerstone of a healthy society. Taking into account cultural perspectives contributes to sustainable social and economic development in the long run.


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“Creative Ingridients”

A website to give people opportunities to practice their Te Reo Māori phonemes:  www.creativeingridients.co.nz Ingrid Wubben, (021) 1495 924 Kerikeri.

Language Weeks 2014

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa Me 26- 30 2014 – Samoan Language Week May 26 – 30 2014

Theme:  Taofi mau i au measina Hold fast to your treasures

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014

The Board of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori recently approved the kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014: Te Kupu o te Wiki.


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Upcoming Language Weeks

Themes for each language week will be confirmed closer to the dates. For more information on Pacific Language Weeks visit the Ministry of Pacific Island Affair’s website and facebook page.


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Vocab@Vic 2013 – 18-20 December

Thirty per cent of the research on vocabulary that has appeared in the last 100 years has appeared in the last 10 years. There has been remarkable progress in research in areas such as multiword units, computer-assisted vocabulary learning, vocabulary learning activities and vocabulary testing.


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ALANZ and ALAA are the applied linguistics associations of New Zealand and Australia, respectively. Their first combined conference in Auckland in 2009 provided an opportunity for applied linguists in New Zealand and Australia to come together, share ideas, and have a good time. The second conference was held in 2011 in Canberra.


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Deaf and hearing New Zealanders now have access to te Reo Māori vocabulary through the Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language, produced at Victoria University.
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Over the last few months, the Commission has been collating information on key issues under three priority areas identified in the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Inquiry’s Terms of Reference: NZSL in education; access to services and information and NZSL maintenance and promotion.


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The Sri Lankan Language and Cultural School, Christchurch celebrated Diary Day on 26 May. At the beginning of this year the “My Think writing/Diary writing” concept was introduced to the students to improve their reflective writing on achieving personal goals while talking to themselves as self-evaluators.


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Interpreters who first came together at the Language Line professional development seminar in Auckland last month are now collaborating and sharing knowledge through an online dialogue.


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In 2013, Te Wiki o te Reo – Māori Language Week will be celebrated from Monday 1 – Sunday 7 July with the theme: “Ngā Ingoa Māori Māori names”.  Māori Language Week is an opportunity to celebrate, speak and support te reo Māori at work, in our homes and in our communities.


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Race Relations Report

The Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations, Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2012 is now available. It includes a chapter specifically addressing language.


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New Zealand’s first bilingual dictionary of Māori legal terms has been launched at Victoria University’s Faculty of Law.


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A recent article in the Journal of Primary Health Care, focusing on Canterbury, aims to describe the pattern of interpreter service need and use by general practice services, and to identify key barriers and enabling factors to the use of trained interpreters.


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The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs recently launched its Pacific Languages Compendium − a web-based directory of New Zealand government resources that are written or delivered in a Pacific language.


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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington.Participants will engage in hands on e-learning activities and participate in reo Māori workshops.
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Would you like to upskill your knowledge base for teaching a language or be better prepared for a training course in teaching English as an additional language? These nine-hour Unitec short courses are in-service workshops for prospective or practising language teachers in New Zealand or overseas schools and tertiary institutions.

  • Phonology Awareness (5 /12 /19 June)
  • Grammar Awareness (10 /13 /17 July)
  • e-Language Learning (16 / 19 / 23 Oct)

For more information visit the Unitec website.

Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Mandarin Corner takes place in the Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms. There is a topic for each session (these may change subject to unforeseen circumstances). Entry is by gold coin donation.
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Increased funding for te reo Māori was announced as part of Budget 2013. This funding is linked to the Māori Language Strategy, due to be released later this year. Budget 2013 will also increase funding for Mā Te Reo to $2.5 million a year to support community projects that increase language use and proficiency.

Two-hundred and sixty-five existing Teach NZ scholarships will be allocated to trainees for Māori-medium education and secondary te reo Māori, and 30 new scholarships will be offered to attract highly talented Māori and Pasifika candidates into teacher education from 2014.

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The Constitutional Advisory Panel is seeking submissions from the public about New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements. Submission guides are available in te reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Hindi and in Easy Read. The Constitution website can be viewed in English or te reo Māori. The Submission Guide and further details about the Constitutional Review areas are also available in NZ Sign Language.

Increased funding for te reo Māori was announced as part of Budget 2013. This funding is linked to the Māori Language Strategy, due to be released later this year. Budget 2013 will also increase funding for Mā Te Reo to $2.5 million a year to support community projects that increase language use and proficiency.
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Upcoming language weeks

2013 is set to be a huge year for language weeks in NZ. Themes for each language week will be confirmed closer to the dates. For more information on Pacific Language Weeks visit the Ministry of Pacific Island Affair’s website and facebook page.
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The Geographic Board is seeking the public’s views on whether or not to formalise the names North Island and Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island and Te Waipounamu, for the two main islands of New Zealand.
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Samoan Language Week (Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June 2013)

Samoan Language Week performance

Wellington Secondary Students performing Samoan Cultural Items at the Wellington Tu Tangata Festival.

Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’ Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language was the theme for this year’s Samoan Language Week. 2013 is the seventh year since the first Samoan Language Week was celebrated, with the Samoan language and culture celebrated and promoted throughout the country in a number of events and celebrations.
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Ongoing commitment to the Deaf community saw a number of organisations and individuals honoured in Deaf Aotearoa’s 2013 New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) In Action Awards.

Deaf Aotearoa’s annual NZSL In Action Awards recognise businesses, organisations, schools and individuals throughout the country who have actively supported both NZSL and the New Zealand Deaf community.
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Upcoming Language Weeks

2013 is set to be a huge year for Language Weeks in NZ. Themes for each language week will be confirmed closer to the dates.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

The venue for Mandarin Corner is now the Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms. Please note there is no Mandarin Corner on 4 May due to school holidays.


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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington. Participants will engage in hands on e-learning activities and participate in reo Māori workshops.


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Māori Language Week 2013

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013. The week will run from 1 to 7 July and the theme will be Ngā Ingoa Māori.


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The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?


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Manulauti: ‘Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’

O le tofa mau a Samoa, a fafaga fanau i upu ma tala e ola a’e ua atamamai i tu ma aga. A tautala pea lava pea i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona fa’aolaola ai i loto ma agaga o le fanau le tofi o tagata Samoa. Fa’atauanau fanau e tautatala i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona masani ai ma popoto e tautatala i luma o tagata. O le tele o upu ma tala, o le maoa’e fo’i lea o le ola a’oa’oina ma malosiaga o le tagata.

Theme: ‘Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language’


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Deaf Aotearoa is challenging all New Zealanders to learn 25 New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) signs to celebrate NZSL Week (13 – 19 May).


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The Māori Electoral Option gives New Zealanders of Māori descent the opportunity to choose whether they want to be on the Māori Electoral Roll or the General Electoral Roll when they vote in the next two General Elections.


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Interpreting Wellington celebrated its 20th Anniversary on 17 April at an event hosted by the Mayor of Wellington, Ms Celia Wade-Brown.
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The Sri Lankan Language and Cultural School, Christchurch recently released its first monthly newsletter, “Inspirations of Samadhi Children”. The newsletter is a bilingual publication in Sinhala and English Languages.


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The Geographic Board is seeking the public’s views on whether or not to formalise the names North Island and Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island and Te Waipounamu, for the two main islands of New Zealand.


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If you asked people who Susan Devoy was a month ago, they would have said, “Oh, isn’t she that squash player.”

Ask the same question now and they will say she is the Race Relations Commissioner, one of the fulltime Commissioners at the Human Rights Commission. Dame Susan Devoy, (she was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998, and remains the youngest in those ranks.)


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On 21 and 22 February New Zealand’s implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was considered by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).  


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The Royal Society of New Zealand has launched its Languages in Aotearoa New Zealand paper outlining the major issues facing language practices in New Zealand.


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The Māori Electoral Option gives New Zealanders of Māori descent the opportunity to choose whether they want to be on the Māori Electoral Roll or the General Electoral Roll when they vote in the next two General Elections.


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The F.A.G.A.S.A conference will be held from 23 to 25 April at the Travelodge Palmerston North. Folasaga mo ni pepa mo le Fonotele a F.A.G.A.S.A. i Pamasetone 23 -25 Aperila 2013.


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Christchurch City Council is encouraging property owners, connected to a gravity system, to get their home or business inspected to identify any problems. This information has been translated into Simplified Chinese, Korean and Samoan.


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The Hika Explorer – or Hika Torotoro – provides instant access translations of more than 54,000 common phrases from English to te reo Māori It works to enhance the learning and teaching of te reo Māori and was launched this month at the Faculty of Education of Massey University.


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The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights. But how well are we actually doing?


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Manulauti: ‘Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’

O le tofa mau a Samoa, a fafaga fanau i upu ma tala e ola a’e ua atamamai i tu ma aga. A tautala pea lava pea i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona fa’aolaola ai i loto ma agaga o le fanau le tofi o tagata Samoa. Fa’atauanau fanau e tautatala i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona masani ai ma popoto e tautatala i luma o tagata. O le tele o upu ma tala, o le maoa’e fo’i lea o le ola a’oa’oina ma malosiaga o le tagata.

Theme: Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

The venue for Mandarin Corner has been changed to Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms. There is a topic for each session (these are subject to change without notice). Entry is by gold coin donation


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NZ Sign Language Week 13 – 19 May

Deaf Aotearoa will again be holding FREE NZSL Taster Classes as part of NZSL Week 2013 (13 – 19 May). Now in its seventh year, NZSL Week raises awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community and promotes NZSL, one of the official languages of New Zealand.


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Māori Language Week 2013

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013.
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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington. Participants will engage in hands on e-learning activities and participate in reo Māori workshops.


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To help celebrate International Mother Languages Day (21 February) and Race Relations Day (21 March), English Language Partners New Zealand (ELPNZ) and Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) have created “Aotearoa, You’re welcome in any language.”

ELP_MotherLanguage_Poster_2013Updated


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New Zealand is super diverse, having seen unprecedented increases in the ethnic, cultural, social and linguistic diversity of the New Zealand population embedded in a rapidly developing bicultural legislative system.


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Looking Back: Languages in 2012

The 25th anniversary of the Māori Language Act 1987 in 2012 offered an opportunity to reflect on the significant progress made since the Waitangi Tribunal issued its landmark report on the Māori language claim in 1986.
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Deaf Aotearoa is looking for this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in Action Award winners.


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WSLS was established in 1990 by a group of volunteer parents for the purpose of teaching the mother tongue (SINHALESE) to children and young adults of the Sri Lankan community in Wellington.
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This year CAB Language Link has introduced three new languages to its services – Filipino (ext 715), Sinhala (ext 722) and Tamil (ext 728).
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Information designed to inform Deaf and Hearing Impaired people on how to access the New Zealand Criminal Justice System is now available on DVD through the National Foundation for the Deaf website.

DVD-A Guide for People Who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired


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The F.A.G.A.S.A conference will be held from 23 to 25 April at the Travelodge Palmerston North. Folasaga mo ni pepa mo le Fonotele a F.A.G.A.S.A. i Pamasetone 23 -25 Aperila 2013.


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The oneFAMILY program is about providing Cook Islands children aged 5-12 years old the opportunity to build strong language foundations through a program that will have them learn about Cook Islands language and related activities in a light, fun and practical way.
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The New Zealand Russian (Waikato) Friendship presents the Grand New Zealand Russian Musical Concert, celebrating cultural unity on Saturday 9 March at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton.


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NZSL Week 2013, 13-19 May

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
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Manulauti: ‘Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’

Theme: ‘Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language’


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Māori Language Week 2013, 1-7 July

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013.
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Ko te ako-e ko ngā akoranga ka whakatenatenatia, ka tautokona rānei mā ngā hangarau mōhiohio me ngā hangarau whakawhitiwhiti. He tino tikanga tā te hangarau mōhiohio mō tēnei tipuranga, nā reira he pai tēnei momo ako ki a rātou.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Please note, the venue for Mandarin Corner has been changed to Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade, instead of Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade.
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Now is the time to let us know the diversity projects and programmes that you plan to undertake in the coming year. These may be similar projects to the ones you did this year, or new initiatives.


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Samoan Language Week 2013 theme announced

The date and theme of Samoan Language Week 2013 have been announced. The week will take place from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June (Samoan Independence Day).

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Rotorua students were called in to act as translators after a serious car crash near Reporoa in October.


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Pacific Languages Framework Published

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has published the Pacific Languages Framework.


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Tokelau Language Week

The first Tokelau Language Week was launched on Te Vagana Tokelau (Niu FM/531pi) national radio programme on 28 October with official community events held from Monday 29 October through to Sunday 4 November.

Tokelau Language Week


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A website software-platform improvement has enabled the Palmerston North City Council to make a substantial move towards its goal of a bi-lingual website.

Palmerston North City Council


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Te Reo Māori in Australia

Recent news items have highlighted the number of Māori and the use of Te Reo Māori in Australia. More te reo is being spoken in Australia as growing numbers of Maori use their native language, but the shift comes with warnings about sustainability.


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There’s good news for the more than 3000 Indonesians in New Zealand. From now, they’ll be able to use their own language Bahasa Indonesian when they have business with government agencies.


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The World of Chinese is a bi-monthly English magazine and web portal dedicated to Chinese language and culture.

the world of chinese


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Interpreting New Zealand is recruiting now for its next Wellington and Christchurch introductory interpreting courses starting in February 2013. 

Interpreting NZ


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The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) recently had its AGM.


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If you are a teacher of Chinese, Cook Islands Māori, French, German, Japanese, Vagahau Niue, Gagana Samoa, Spanish, Gagana Tokelau or Tongan, TPDL is for you.


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The Victoria University Confucius Institute is working with four North Island community based language schools to promote Chinese language learning.


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The Marlborough Migrant Centre (MMC) is a not-for-profit community organisation supporting migrants and newcomers; and the wider local community.

Marlborough Migrant Centre


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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The Wellington Chinese Language School and Mandarin Corner will hold a joint end of the year dinner on Saturday, 8 December from 6.30pm 2012年12月8日6时30分 at the Dragons Restaurant, 25 Tory St, Wellington 惠灵顿聚港轩.


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Māori Language Week 2013

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013.


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Ako-e i Roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held from 15 to 18 July 2013 at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington.


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Celebration of Vagahau Niue

The first Vagahau Niue week organised by the Vagahau Niue Trust was a huge success, with community groups, churches, government agencies among others celebrating and promoting Vagahau Niue.

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Tokelau Language Week

The first Tokelau Language Week will be celebrated from Monday 29 October to 4 November.

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Massey University has announced the 2012 Winners of the annual Māori Book Awards.


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October 4-7 was yet another educational and enjoyable time for participants at the CLESOL conference held in Palmerston North.


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The Waitangi Tribunal held an urgent hearing in March into a claim by Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board.


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Auckland Languages Strategy

There is still an opportunity to come together to discuss the development of an Auckland Languages Strategy.


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A joint bid is being put together for a primary school in Auckland to teach the curriculum in Niuean, Cook Islands Māori, Tokelaun and some English.


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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has announced 30 finalists for the Māori Language Awards 2012.


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Language Line adds Indonesian

Telephone interpreting service, Language Line has decided to add Indonesian following a steady increase of requests for this language.


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Ngā Manu Kōrero National Secondary Speech Contests were held in Nelson in September.


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International Week of the Deaf

The last week in September was International Week of the Deaf.


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A week-long celebration of Hindi Language Day was held in Auckland from 17-23 September.


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SilverStripe are contributing to the growth and use of Te Reo Māori by translating its Content Management system into te reo.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角

Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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Registrations close on 24 October for a one day symposium focusing on (im)politeness with a cross-cultural theme to be held by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies on Monday 3 December at the Kelburn Campus of Victoria University of Wellington.


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This Public Lecture is the last in the series that Language Teacher Education in the Department of Language Studies is hosting this year.


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Māori Language Week 2013

Te Taurawhiri i te Reo Māori has announced the dates and theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013.


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Niue Language Week 6 to 13 October

The Vagahau Niue Trust has released further details of Niue Language Week which will be held from 6 to 13 October 2012.


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Auckland Languages Strategy

There is an opportunity to discuss the development of an Auckland Languages Strategy.


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Te Taurawhiri i Te Reo Māori has updated its guidelines for Māori language orthography.


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Christchurch City Libraries have updated their list of where to find different World Language Collections of adult and children’s books.


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Recent news items continue to debate the question of whether teaching of Te Reo Māori in schools should be compulsory, and how it could be implemented.


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Celebration of Tongan Language Week

Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa, ‘a e kaveinga fisifisimu‘a ‘o e Uike Lea FakaTonga 2012.


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Workshops: Multicultural perspectives

The Auckland branch of TESOLANZ is hosting workshops on Wednesday 19 September on Multicultural Perspectives.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角 September Events

Sessions are held at 3.15pm on Saturdays during school terms at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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Tokelau Language Week

The first Tokelau Language Week will be celebrated from Monday 28 October to 4 November.


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Registrations close on 15 October for a one day symposium focusing on (im)politeness with a cross-cultural theme to be held by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies on Monday 3 December at the Kelburn Campus of Victoria University of Wellington.


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More than 30 different organisations are coming together in Auckland on 19-20 August at the Aotea Centre to bring you an interesting range of forums, speakers and panelists and activities to advance cultural diversity and harmonious race relations in New Zealand.

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Languages will again be a strong theme at the 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland. Further information is available on the NZ Diversity Forum webpage, along with registration information.


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This year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori was hugely successful, with community groups, schools and businesses just some of those who made the week a fantastic celebration of te Reo Māori.

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The inaugural Cook Islands language week was held from Monday 6 to Friday 10 August, supported by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, with the Cook Islands Development Agency of New Zealand the Human Rights Commission.

Cook Islands Maori Language Week


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A new website has been launched calling on Niueans to help build an IT vocabulary and encourage the use and preservation of Vagahau Niue.


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New Kōhanga Reo in Ashburton

Te Kōhanga Reo Hakatere has opened in Ashburton at the Ashburton Parent Centre with around 20 children already registered.


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Diversityworks Trust in partnership with Deafradio has announced the launch of a nationally significant archiving project that focuses on preserving the history of NZ Sign Language and the Deaf Community.


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Samoan Language Tools developed

Samoan language resources have been developed by Bickers Services Samoa.


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Author Chris Winitana has won the Best Māori Language Award for the book Tōku Reo, Tōku ohooho.


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International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) supports teachers throughout New Zealand to promote improved student learning outcomes in learning languages including – a pathway of professional learning; national language advisers; scholarships and immersion experiences and foreign language assistants.


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Tongan Language Week will be held from 1-8 September 2012.

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The 2012 Manawatu Chinese Speech Competition will be held on Sunday 23 September at Palmerston North Convention Centre.


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Deaf Aotearoa offers businesses and organisations the chance to learn New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) through its interactive Think. Sign. Connect course.


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Mandarin Corner August Events

Mandarin Corner meets Saturdays (excluding school holidays) at 3.15pm, Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University.


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A one day symposium focussing on (im)politeness with a cross-cultural theme will be held by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies on Monday 3 December at the Kelburn Campus of Victoria University of Wellington.


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Auckland’s population demographics are changing fast and with them, the languages of service delivery!


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International Languages Week

International Languages Week will take place from Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 August 2012.


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Languages will again be a strong theme at the 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland.


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Next week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

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The Government’s Māori Language Strategy was confirmed by the Government in 2003 and was a 25 year strategy for te reo Māori revitalisation.


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The report Te Waka Reo: Languages in Aotearoa 2004-2011 is a compilation of the annual language reviews published in the Race Relations Report since 2004.


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Language Line responded to over 38 000 requests for interpreting in the last financial year.


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New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen attended the fifth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in July 2012.


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The Primary Health Interpreting Service (PHIS) initiative is a free service for non-English speaking clients and their health care providers.


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From 1 July, Māori TV will introduce a five hour block of Māori language tuition programming from 10am to 3pm.


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Deaf Aotearoa has announced the appointment of Lachlan Keating based in Christchurch as its Chief Executive.


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Weekly advice on te reo Māori in a newsletter has turned into the new book by Heni Jacob called “Mai i te kakano”, produced by Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

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Since its opening in March, more than 80 people have enrolled in the Chinese Community School which is held at Tauranga Girls College.


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The Taranaki Reo, Taranaki Tangata Exhibition runs until late August at Puke Ariki Museum in New Plymouth, with events that will also mark Puanga – the Taranaki version of Matariki (Māori new year).


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Mandarin Corner July Events

Mandarin Corner meets Saturdays (excluding school holidays) at 3.15pm, Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University.


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International Languages Week

International Languages Week will take place from Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 August 2012.


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Save the date: Language Weeks in 2012

Cook Islands Māori Language Week will be held from Monday 6 to Friday 10 August.

Visit the Cook Islands Maori Language Week Facebook page for updates.

The second Tongan Language Week – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga will take place from 2 to 6 September 2012. For more information visit the Tongan Language Week webpage or like them on Facebook.

Niue Language Week will take place from 7 to 13 October 2012.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori is fast approaching – order free Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori resources now to show your support!


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The 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland.


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The National Youth Forum on Cultural Diversity forum will be held in Auckland from 17-20 August.


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Samoan Language Week ran from 27 May to 2 June 2002.


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Ongoing commitment to the Deaf community saw a number of organisations and individuals recently honoured in Deaf Aotearoa’s 2012 New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in Action awards.


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Flipbooks are the latest addition to the Ministry of Education’s new Mātauranga Māori website on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI).


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If you are raising children with te reo Māori or Gagana Sāmoa or are looking for professional development for staff working with children that speak te reo Māori or Gagana Samoa, then Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) may suit your needs.


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Euroasia Language Academy in partnership with English Teaching College is now offering evening classes in a range of languages at the Willis Street school in Wellington.


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 In May 2012 the New Zealand Herald reported on the findings of a Massey University study that claimed that the proliferation of signs using ethnic scripts in Auckland was making some Kiwis uncomfortable, and their reactions range from “annoyance” to “repugnance”.


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If you’re a bi-lingual speaker of English and another language, you may be just the person Interpreting New Zealand are looking for. 


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The Whakamanahia te Reo Māori Research Project – which aims to build research-based knowledge and consensus on what constitutes te reo proficiency in Māori-medium education – was highlighted in May’s edition of Te Waka Reo.


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In the May issue of Te Waka Reo we featured an item on Best Practice Guidelines of Engaging with CALD – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities – in Times of Disaster.


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English Language Partners Wellington will hold a fundraising screening of the movie “Tortoise in Love” on 27 June at 8pm (for a 8.30pm start) at Cinema 3, Penthouse Cinema, 205 Ohiro Rd, Brooklyn.


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The bilingual Leo Pacific Coalition are holding a Select Committee Submission Writing Workshop on Thursday 14 June from 5.45pm at Best Pacific Campus, 2 Ryan Place, Manukau.


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Mandarin Corner June Events

Mandarin Corner meets Saturdays (excluding school holidays) at 3.15pm, Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University.


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The LTE Public Lecture for June is “Knowing the tools” by Unitec lecturer Karen Haines.


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The second Tongan Language Week – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga will take place from 2 to 6 September 2012.


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In April, Trade Minister Tim Groser advanced his view that mandatory te reo lessons should be introduced for all New Zealand school children.
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Samoan Language Week will take place from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June. This year’s theme is “O le Vāfealoa’I - Strong and Respectful Relationships.”


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Samoan Language Week – Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa is being celebrated with activities and special events at Auckland libraries, free for all ages Auckland-wide.


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Parliament’s Education and Science Committee has launched an investigation into the current frameworks that support Pacific languages in New Zealand early childhood education.


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The launch of a report on Best Practice Guidelines for Engaging with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Times of Disaster raised the wider question of how prepared New Zealand is to communicate in different languages in the event of an emergency.


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Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Minister Pita Sharples have announced the establishment of an expert reference group on the Māori-medium teaching workforce.


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During New Zealand Sign Language Week, 30 April-6 May 2012 the Human Rights Commission announced that it will begin a formal public inquiry into the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and how it can be strengthened.


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Teenage te reo campaigners go global

When a group of Kerikeri youngsters feared for the survival of their language, they didn’t just wring their hands and say it was too big a problem to solve on their own.


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The proficiency of graduate teachers from teacher education programmes in te Reo Māori will be enhanced following the final phase of a research project to prepare teachers with the language skills to teach tamariki and mokapuna well. 


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If you’re a bi-lingual speaker of English and another language, you may be just the person Interpreting New Zealand is looking for. 


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“Arohatia te Reo” is the theme for Māori Language Week (23-29 July) 2012. Arohatia te Reo means to cherish the language and this year it is intended to encourage all people to demonstrate their love and regard for the language.


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Supporting Chinese in schools

The Confucius Institute New Zealand is offering a number of workshops in May and June to support Chinese in schools and free Chinese movie nights once every month to October.


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A unique nationwide online sign language translation service promises to open a raft of ways for Deaf people to better connect in their work and life.


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The LTE Public Lecture for May is “What does corpus tell us about civic genres?” by Unitec lecturers Zina Romova and John Hetet.


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Mandarin Corner May Event

“Beauty of Chinese Character”, a presentation by local artists Stan Chan & Judy Huo sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, will take place on Thursday 24 May from 5.00-9.30 pm in Committee Room One, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street.


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Professor Birgit Brock-Utne, who is a Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Otago, will present “A Babble of Tongues? Peace, Power and the Role of Language” on Thursday 24 May from 5:30-7:00 pm at the meeting room annex , St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington. 


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Ngā Toi i Roto I te Marautanga o Aotearoa presents a course for Māori Medium teachers in te reo Māori and te reo matatini.


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International Languages Week 2012

International Languages Week will take place Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 August 2012.


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Tongan Language Week

The second Tongan Language Week – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – will take place from 2 to 8 September 2012.


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I Am Deaf – Let’s Talk

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).


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Samoan Language Week will take place from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June, starting with launch events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and Samoan Independence Day commemorations planned for the weekend of 2-3 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend).


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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – 23-29 July

Arohatia te Reo is the theme for Māori Language Week 2012. Arohatia te Reo means to cherish the language and this year it is intended to encourage all people to demonstrate their love and regard for the language.


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Cherishing Pacific languages

A recent forum saw collective commitment to the value of Pacific languages. The forum, on 27 March, was attended by over 140 people.


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The Waitangi Tribunal held hearings in March for the Kōhanga Reo National Trust’s claim against the Ministry of Education.


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Talking to babies in te reo

The NZ Herald reports a new study has found that 16 per cent of mothers and 12 per cent of fathers spoke at least some Māori language to their babies.


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In 2011 the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs consulted on the Draft Pacific Languages Framework. 


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In response to high levels of interest, Eurasia is opening a branch in central Wellington this month. It will offer language and cultural courses, delivered in conjunction with Wellington partner English Teaching College (ETC).


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Working in a Multicultural Environment

Settlement Support New Zealand New Plymouth is running a free Working in a Multicultural Environment Workshop for service providers on Tuesday 8 May 2012.


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The NZ Chinese Language Association Wellington Branch invites you to its AGM on Thursday 26 April at 7.00 pm, Committee Room One, Wellington City Council (Wakefield Street Entrance).


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Game

Mandarin Corner meets 3.15 pm, Saturdays during school terms at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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International Languages Week

International Languages Week will take place Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 August 2012.


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Ngā Toi i Roto I te Marautanga o Aotearoa presents a course for Māori Medium teachers in te reo Māori and te reo matatini.


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The Disability Resource Centre is a not-for-profit community focused organisation committed to meeting the needs of disabled people, older persons and their families/whanau.


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UN study on languages and culture

Language and culture are indivisible, as language contains, and allows for the expression of culture. This is the Human Rights Commission’s view as set out in a submission for a study on the role of languages and culture.


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Government priorities and languages

Government agency briefings to incoming Ministers are now online. The briefings set out agencies’ top priorities and the issues they consider most important to bring to Ministers’ attention.


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Race Relations Day 2012

Race Relations Day marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is marked internationally on 21 March, which falls on a Wednesday this year. The 2012 theme is “A Fair Go for All”.


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Kōhanga Reo celebrates 30 years

The Kōhanga Reo National Trust, and Kōhanga Reo around the country, will mark their 30th anniversary this year.


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The Australian Government has launched a web portal for information in community languages. The portal is a good example of what can be done to provide information to diverse communities. 


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Zdravei! Language Line adds Bulgarian

Bulgarian is the newly listed language at Language Line. This brings to the number of languages available to 43.


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Following research into the use of interpreters, Dr Ben Gray, Jo Hilder and Dr Maria Stubbe from the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice in Wellington have developed New Zealand’s first toolkit for primary health care professionals in this area of rapidly growing need.


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Seeflow services for the Deaf community

Seeflow is a new online initiative specialising in NZSL services for the Deaf community. Services include professional translation of documents from English to NZSL, and of NZSL messages to English via an innovative online video recording system.


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Sukhmani Charitable Trust

The Sukhmani Charitable Trust offers a Punjabi language programme for children. It has now moved to a Gurdwara in New Lynn, where it will offer expanded services for newcomers to New Zealand.


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Somali language for kids

NKOD Somali Youth Development Inc was formed in June 2010. One of the aims is to fill the needs of the young Somali in different aspects of their life. In August 2010, the “Somali Language for Kids programme” for children aged 4 to 8 was started.


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Porirua College has launched the Pacific Languages Community College, to deliver an ‘after three’ programme of Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori te reo Māori and Tokelau language tuition to adult learners.


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Give way rule change: resources

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres has welcomed multi-lingual resources by the NZ Transport Agency. The resources will help linguistically diverse communities understand changes to give way rules.


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Mātauranga Māori live on TKI

The Mātauranga Māori website has recently been launched on the Ministry of Education’s website Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI). This site was previously known as Māori Education.


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Pacific Language Forum

Reverend Uesifili Unasa, Forum Chair, invites you to attend the Pacific Languages Forum on Tuesday 27 March 2012, 9am- 4pm at Fickling Convention Centre 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings.


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CLESOL 2012 call for submissions

The CLESOL 2012 committee invites submissions of abstracts for individual papers, workshops, colloquia, five-minute brilliant ideas and posters.


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FAGASA fono

The National Samoan Advisory Council and FAGASA’s national fono will be hosted in Dunedin this year, from 4pm, Monday 10 to Thursday 12 April. 10-13 April.  
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English language for new migrants

Aoraki Polytechnic is now an approved provider of the English for Migrants fund. 


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner meets 3.15pm – 5.00pm on Saturdays during school term at Room 103, 24 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.


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Review of language diversity in 2011

The Human Rights Commission has published its annual review of developments in language diversity. The review is part of the annual race relations report Tūi Tūi Tuituiā: Race Relations in 2011.


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The Human Rights Commission has urged the Speaker and Parliamentary Services to ensure Green MP Mojo Mathers, who is deaf, can participate fully as an MP.


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International Mother Languages Day

“We all belong” is the theme for a poster to celebrate International Mother Languages Day, 21 February and Race Relations Day 21 March. The poster has been produced by English Language Partners New Zealand and the Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ).


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Call to recognise Pacific languages

At the ninth Annual Waitangi Rua Rautau Lecture in January, Hon Winnie Laban QSO spoke about the need to protect Pacific languages through official recognition and Pacific languages policy.


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Patients who have difficulty with the English language can now get health advice in one of 11 languages from their community pharmacy, thanks to the updated Pharmacy Translation Kit.


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The CLING group (Community Language Information Network Group) has produced a brochure to inform agencies about how to use language and sign-language interpreters. It is intended to give agencies the knowledge and confidence to access language and sign interpreters.


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New te reo resources from Ngāi Tahu

In December Kotahi Mano Kaika of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu released another two online te reo Māori books.


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Porirua College is launching the Pacific Languages Community College, to deliver an ‘after three’ programme of Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori te reo Māori and Tokelau language tuition to adult learners.


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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) celebrates 25 years of existence on 1 August 2012. To celebrate, they have chosen Arohatia te Reo as the theme for Māori Language Week 2012.


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Tea House Popular with Aucklanders

A traditional Tea House set up by the Confucius Institute in Auckland with lanterns imported from China and enactments of a Chinese tea ceremony proved hugely popular at the Lantern Festival at Albert Park in February.


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Polyfest 2012

The 2012 ASB Polyfest is on the 14, 15, 16 and 17 March at the Manukau Sportsbowl, Te Irirangi Drive, Manukau, beginning with a pōwhiri at 9 am on 14 March.


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The Confucius Institute in Auckland is organising its sixth annual delegation of New Zealand principals to China, funded within China by the Confucius Institute headquarters (Hanban) in Beijing.  


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Refresher course for Māori Medium teachers

Ngā Toi i Roto it e Marautanga o Aotearoa presents a course for Māori Medium teachers in te reo Māori and te reo matatini.


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Five years on, the passing of the New Zealand Sign Language Act (2006), the Deaf community remains powerless and voiceless, says Deaf Aotearoa.


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Language Weeks in 2012

It’s likely that there will be a growth in language weeks in 2012. Alongside the longstanding Māori Language Week, recent years have seen the successful establishment of Samoan Language Week, NZ Sign Language Week  and (last year) Tongan and Cook Island Language Weeks. 


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In October the Waitangi Tribunal granted an urgent hearing for the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust in their claim against the Crown.


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In mid-August Wellington’s Fijian community launched a new language programme Na Vuli Vosa Vakaviti.


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A new DVD in New Zealand Sign Language will help Deaf people in New Zealand learn ways to cope with grief and loss in their natural language.


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The Victoria University of Wellington is inviting everyone to attend a symposium on “Building a multilingual society: creating habitats for language survival”.


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The Ministry of Education provides a number of professional learning opportunities for teachers of languages.


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The Human Rights Commission publishes an annual Race Relations Report, including a section on developments in language policy and practice.


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Chinese Film Evening, Wellington

In association with Mandarin Corner there will be a Chinese film evening on Wednesday 26 October from 7pm – 9.30pm.


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Mandarin Corner 汉语角 is held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade.


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The Office for Disability Issues has published its report on the review of the New Zealand Sign Language Act.


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With so many Māori living in Australia, surely a strategy to promote te reo Māori should not be limited to national borders?


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The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) has received a wealth of feedback on its discussion paper.


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The inaugural Cook Islands Maori Language Week began on 17 September and concluded on Cook Islands Day, 24 September.


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Pacific Languages Framework Update

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs would like to thank all those who attended consultation fono and gave written submissions about the draft Pacific Languages Framework.


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Privacy and Language Line go hand in hand

If your personal privacy is important to you, then here is good news.


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Call to include Hindi in school curriculum

A group of parents and community leaders has called for Hindi to be included in the New Zealand curriculum and promoted as a second language in schools.


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The Bilingual Leo Pacific Coalition have presented a submission to the education and science select committee of parliament.


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Deaf Youth Coordinator

Deaf Aotearoa is pleased to announce the appointment of Ursula Thynne as its Deaf Youth Coordinator.


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Sign singers performing national anthem

New Zealand’s Deaf community has an additional reason to be excited about the Rugby World Cup 2011.


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Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011

Places are still available for the Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011, 28 and 29 November in Auckland. See the draft programme and register on-line at AUT’s webpage.


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The Department of Language Studies at Unitec Institute of Technology invites you to attend a public lecture series.


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Pacific Languages Course

Lea Faka – Tonga PASF 114 offers basic knowledge in one of the Pacific Languages.


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Supporting newcomers through multilingual services is the theme of the Regional Settlement Network Meeting on Thursday 27 October, 9 am – 1.30 pm.


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner 汉语角 is held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation.


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The Race Relations Commissioner has written to a number of national and local public agencies asking them about the degree to which they are addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Christchurch following the earthquakes in the past year.


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The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has questioned the Government’s response to the Waitangi Tribunal’s report on te reo Māori.


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Racial discrimination and language use

Have your say on the government’s draft report on compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).


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Forum on Pacific languages

How should government and communities best work together to regenerate minority languages?


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Know your rights

The Health and Disability Commissioner has produced a poster about “your rights when receiving a health or disability service.”


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September 14 was Māori Language Day. To mark the day Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has invited people to write about what they believe are the foremost issues affecting te reo Māori.


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The Ambulance service – a critical life-line – is now able to offer a more efficient service to people who don’t speak English.


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Māori language project funding available

Mā Te Reo funding is available to supports projects, programmes and activities that contribute to local level Māori language regeneration.


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Congratulations to Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa has received an award from the Human Rights Commission for their work in promoting awareness of deaf culture and the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).


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Violent attack based on language

A New Plymouth man has been sentenced to pay $3407 worth of damages and attend community work for 225 hours after he used a machete to wreck the panel work on the two cars of his Indian migrant neighbours.


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September 14 marks “Hindi Day”

Hindi Day on September 14 was celebrated with workshops, sports, displays and dancing.


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The Primary Health Interpreting Service has published survey results showing the success of its December 2010 Interpreting Pilot in Auckland.


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Language learning for deaf refugees

Be in quick to apply for a position as New Zealand Sign Language tutor relief teacher with English Language Partners Christchurch.


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CLANZ (Community Language Association of New Zealand) is seeking comments on a discussion paper about Building Capability in the Community Languages Sector.


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Palmerston North City Library is encouraging the community to get reading in the coming months with a wide range of talks aimed at introducing caregivers, parents and children to its benefits.


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The following organisations are offering free English tuition services:  


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Lea Tonga first Tongan Language Week

The inaugural Tongan Language Week was held from 4 – 10 September.


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Following the February earthquake, a group of people came together to support efforts to communicate earthquake messages to people whose first language is not English.


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Helping New Zealanders of Pacific descent speak in their mother tongue is not just a feel-good initiative, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs says.


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More and more communities are organising to promote their language through an annual language week, the latest being the Tongan community who will have their first Tongan Language Week from 4-10 September in the lead-up to the Tonga-New Zealand opening match of the Rugby World Cup on 9 September.


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International Language Week

International Languages Week (14 – 20 August 2011) will be celebrated in schools and communities across New Zealand.


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Ongoing commitment to the Waikato region’s Deaf community has seen Bonnie Ormsby recognised in Deaf Aotearoa’s 2011 New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in Action awards.


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Samoan Speech Competition Winners

Fa’amalo (congratulations) to the winners of the Wellington Samoan speech competition.


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Led by Auckland’s Confucius Institute, 13 leaders from schools around the country are taking part in an eleven-day NZ Principals’ Delegation to China beginning on 27 August.


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2011 Mā te Reo Funding Round opens

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori hope to support the establishment of more iwi based kura reo, wānanga reo, Māori language resources, language planning and Māori langauge events through a further Mā te Reo round of funding.


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International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) programmes provide professional learning pathways for language teachers, foreign language assistants and exchange and scholarship programmes for students.


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A petition supporting Pacific language and literacy programmes was presented to Parliament on 4 August, having gained over 5000 signatures.


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CLANZ (Community Language Association of New Zealand) is seeking comments on a discussion paper about Building Capability in the Community Languages Sector.


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A Waikato University linguist has put together a New Zealand picture book collection that reflects New Zealand’s national identity. 


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Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011

The Refugee Education Conference 2011 will take place on 28-29 November, with the theme “Learning and Living in NZ”.


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Te Wiki o te reo Māori, from 4 to 10 July, was again this year a successful celebration of te reo Māori.  


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Destination Reo

As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori celebrations 2011, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu launched a new online resource called Destination Reo.


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New Zealand’s third official language has become more accessible with the launch of the Online Multimedia Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL): http//nzsl.vuw.ac.nz.


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Released nationally during Māori Language Week, Baha’i communities throughout Aotearoa-New Zealand are promoting the new translation, in te reo Māori, of the book Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era.


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Video Remote Interpreting is Here

iSign is trialling a new system that will allow New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreting to be undertaken remotely.


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My Language, My Inspiration

The books My Language, My Inspiration and Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho, by Chris Winitana, were published during Māori Language Week.


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Password is a New Zealand magazine for new readers of English that comes highly recommended by the School of Languages at AUT University


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The Translation Service was accredited with the European translation standard EN 15038_2006 Translation services – Service requirements in June, following an audit by three international auditors.


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Factsheets about non-English speakers’ rights to an interpreter are now available on Interpreting New Zealand’s website in 13 different languages.


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Guten tag! Language Line has added another language – German.


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2011 Ian Gordon Fellow Lectures

Professor Jack Richards will deliver a series of three free public lectures at Victoria University, Kelburn Campus.


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The Auckland Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language Expo will be held on Saturday, 20 August 2011 at Unitec, Carrington Road, Mount Albert.


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Chinese Film

Chinese Film - Life Show will be screened on Thursday 28 July, 7.00pm – 9:30pm at Committee Room One, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street (Gold coin donation appreciated.)


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Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) have released factsheets about the impact of the Mā Te Reo language funding programme in New Zealand regions.


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Tongan Language Week will be held for the first time this year from 4 – 10 September.


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The 2011 New Zealand Diversity forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 21-22 August at the Claudelands Convention Centre in Hamilton. It will be preceded by community events on Saturday 20. The theme of the conference, People in Harmony, continues from Race Relations Day in March 2011.


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Māori Language Week 2011

Māori Language Week 2011 is fast approaching. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) have chosen “Manaakitanga” as the theme for this year. Chief Executive, Glenis Philip-Barbara says Manaakitanga is an important element of Māori custom and identity, visible in communities and on marae across the country.


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Samoan Language Week 2011 has seen the week develop in scope. The week ran from Samoan Independence Day on 1 June through to 7 June. One of the highlights has been the emergence of Samoan Language Week USA.


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Budget 2011 and language learning

Budget 2011 saw some new funding to support teaching of English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) and te reo Māori.


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The Māori Youth Council has presented their report, In Their Own Words!  to the Minister of Māori Affairs. The report recommends all secondary school teachers in NZ complete a Level 1 te reo Māori and Māori education/tikanga course at a tertiary institution.


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NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) is working with the sector on the development of NZ Qualifications in English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL).


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The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have presented an innovative digital platform for teaching te reo Māori at the United Nations, in the hope other indigenous peoples may benefit from its use.


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He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora

A new exciting multimedia resource to aid the teaching and learning of Māori language has just been released to schools. He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora –  a growing language is a living language’ – is designed for English medium students in years 1-6, who are working mainly at levels 1-2 of the curriculum.


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Relationship Services Christchurch will use Language Line during June to reach those who want to access counseling but do not speak English.


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Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is offering places for refugee and academic migrant students to study ESOL at zero fees. This funding is provided by CPIT and for 2011 replaces the TEC Refugee Study Grant and Academic Migrant Study Grant.


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Focus on refugee learners

In May,  English Language Partners NZ published the booklet Focus on Refugee Learners. The report takes a closer look at the 1,342 refugee learners on English Language Partners’ books in 2010.


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English Language Partners NZ has welcome Nicola Sutton to the role of Chief Executive. Ms Sutton has worked in various roles at English Language Partners for the last 18 years.


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U&I Learn Maori 2011

The Living Thermal Village, invite Rotorua migrants, newcomers and visitors to a three-hour Maori cultural experience and language learning to celebrate the 2011 Maori Language Week. The theme this year is “Manaakitanga” (hospitality).


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Mandarin Corner (Wellington), established in 1995, is a weekly event where students learning Chinese meet with native speakers of Chinese for conversation and cultural activities in a friendly, relaxed setting.


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Samoan Language Week will take place from Wednesday 1 June (Samoan Independence Day) to Tuesday 7 June. The theme for 2011 is Samoa Ola – Samoa Active, focusing on language, sport and healthy living.


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As in previous years, this year’s Diversity Forum will feature a forum dedicated to discussing language policy. The topic is particularly important this year. The Human Rights Commission’s Race Relations Report, published in March 2011, identified “renewing efforts to provide for the learning and use of te reo Māori, Pacific Island and other community languages” as one of the top 10 priorities for 2011.


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The Government’s telephone interpretation service, Language Line, is to continue its extended opening time on Saturdays between 9am and 2pm. The additional hours were an initial response to the Christchurch earthquake, and have now been confirmed as a long-term arrangement.


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NZ Sign Language (NZSL) Week ran from 2-8 May, celebrating NZSL with a wide range of events, resources, and publicity. NZSL Week is a chance for the Deaf community to stand proud as Deaf, and promote their language and culture.  It is also a chance to break down barriers, fears and misconceptions. It is organised by Deaf Aotearoa, a participant in the NZ Diversity Action Programme.


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Māori Language Week

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) have chosen “Manaakitanga” as the theme for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week this year.


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The report on the Māori language strategy and sector – ‘Te Reo Mauriora’ – was released on 13 April and summarised in the April edition of Te Waka Reo. Since its release there has been a range of feedback to the report.


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Privacy is essential every single time a professional interpreting session takes place. Consistent privacy and the understanding that processes and protocols are in place builds trust in the client and consumer groups. If even once that trust is broken it is unlikely to be restored and those involved may choose to avoid interpreting in future.


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner 汉语角  3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays (21 and 28 May )during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation. Open to all ages, all levels. One to one or small groups. .      


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Te Reo Mauriora, the report of the Māori language sector and Māori language strategy, was released today (13 April) at Te Puni Kōkiri head office in Wellington. The report presents the findings of an independent panel appointed by the Minister of Minister of Māori Affairs. The panel was asked to look at how to promote te reo Māori in future and achieve value for money in government spending to promote te reo Māori.


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I Am Deaf – Let’s Talk

This May, Deaf Aotearoa celebrates its fifth annual New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages.   Sign Language Week will be celebrated on 2- 8 May 2011.


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Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki have agreed to host the last of four nationwide Kura Reo (total immersion language courses) from 17-21 April 2011, to be known as “Kura Reo ki Te Au ki Te Tonga”. Unfortunately earthquake damage has meant it was no longer viable to host the Kura Reo in Christchurch this year, as previously planned.


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The Commission recently wrote a submission on the Review of the NZSL Act. The Act was passed in 2006 and made NZSL New Zealand’s third official language. The Act gives Deaf people the right to use NZSL and translators in legal proceedings, gives the Government power to make regulations in relation to NZSL, and provides guidelines for government agencies in using NZSL.


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Te reo online journal takes off

An online academic journal, Te Kōtihitihi – Ngā Tuhinga Reo Māori, published solely in te reo Māori is to be launched on Thursday 14 April at the University of Waikato.


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Rugby resources translated into Māori

Auckland’s Rugby World Cup Māori engagement manager, Lucy Tukua, has launched a te reo Māori translation of the Rugby World Cup school activity packs. The packs include sport development ideas and an “adopt a second team” scheme.


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The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs is working on a Pacific Languages Strategy. The strategy is being developed as a framework to protect and promote the use of Pacific languages in New Zealand.


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Forum on language policy

As in previous years, this year’s Diversity Forum will feature a forum dedicated to discussing language policy. The topic is particularly important this year. The Human Rights Commission’s report Tūi Tūi Tuituiā: Race Relations in 2010 notes 2011 is a “crunch year” for languages.


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Samoan Language Week will take place from Wednesday 1 June (Samoan Independence Day) through to Tuesday 7 June, with key events planned for the weekend 4-5 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend).


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Deaf Books in Secondary Schools

An innovative plan for enhancing New Zealand’s school libraries was launched in the week of 21-25 March, with the distribution of two significant books on Deaf culture and New Zealand Sign Language.


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Tongan Language Week now on Facebook

The Aotearoa Tongan Teacher’s Association is planning to establish an annual Tongan Language Week in association with the Human Rights Commission and other partners.


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Pacific Languages in schools

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) hosted a Pacific teacher’s seminar in Mangere on 4 April, to discuss teaching of Pacific languages. Keynote speakers were Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres and education lecturer John McCaffery.


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Bilingual signage applauded

On the Bright Side has monthly acknowledgments from Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres for cultural diversity and positive contributions to race relations in New Zealand. April’s On the Bright Side has recognised bilingual signage at the Te Awa Shopping Centre, Hamilton. Te Awa is part of the Base, a massive new shopping complex developed by Tainui Group Holdings at Te Rapa in Hamilton and opened last year.


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Navigating the disability sector can be challenging and even harder when English is not your first language. On behalf of the Ministry of Health, Le Va produced ‘Your guide to disability support services’ in English, Samoan, Tongan and Cook Island Māori.


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The Festival of Cultures ran from 23  March to 2 April. To mark the festival, the Palmerston North City library hosted a tent during Market Day in the Square on 26 March, with storytelling in a range of languages for children.


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AKTESOL Annual General Meeting

The Auckland branch of the Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language organisation is holding its AGM. Everyone, whether a member of AKTESOL or not, is invited to attend:


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LED 2011 invites submissions of abstracts for individual papers, colloquia and posters for the 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011).


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 Kōrero Kōrero presents an opportunity:

  • For level 1 and 2 Māori Medium teachers to discuss te reo o Te Marautanga o Aotearoa with a selection of curriculum writers and developers.
  • To expand knowledge and understanding about how language has adapted to meet developing needs.
  • To exchange ideas and strategies about te reo Māori learning and teaching.
  • Ki te kōtuitui i a tātou anō i runga i te kaupapa reo kei mua i te aroaro.


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Chinese Film and Mandarin Corner

Mandarin Corner 汉语角 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation. Open to all ages, all levels. One to one or small groups. Three sessions in April 2011 (2, 9 and 16 April).  


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Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day is on Monday 21 March.  It’s not too late to order the multilingual posters. Check out the Race Relations Day website or Facebook page to view various events happening around the country to celebrate Race Relations Day.


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Funding cuts are being felt by those who provide programmes of English as a second or other language to newcomers to New Zealand, and their would-be students.


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Civil Defence, Interpreting New Zealand, Language Line, Deaf Aotearoa and Access Radio are some of the organisations who have been working hard to ensure important information can be understood by all those affected by the Christchurch earthquake.


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The Disability Resource Centre is a non-profit organisation serving the disabled people in Auckland. The Centre now offers consultation free of charge on support services and products for the disabled.


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Events were held around NZ on 21 February to celebrate Mother Languages Day, including:

In Gore, a diverse group of newcomers to the district gathered for a shared lunch, organised by the Eastern Southland Newcomers Network.


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“Hear our voices, we entreat”

Deaf Aotearoa NZ (DANZ) is completing production of a NZSL translation of the national anthem. The DVD is to be released during NZSL Week, 2 – 8 May 2011. The anthem is presented against a picturesque NZ landscape background, in NZSL as well as English and te reo Māori.


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The Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland is hosting a range of events in 2011 that are open to all ages and nationalities. Events include workshops for teachers of Chinese, translation workshops and a Mandarin language forum.


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Language Policy for the Multilingual Classroom: Pedagogy of the Possible, edited by Christine Hélot (Université Marc Bloch) and Muiris Ó Laoire (Institute of Technology), is to be published in April.


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 Kōrero Kōrero – Te Reo o Te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be held on Sunday 24th – Wednesday 27th July, 2011 at the Coachman Hotel/Chancellor Motor Lodge, Palmerston North.


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Bring your own mother language

Monday 21 February is International Mother Language Day. In New Zealand, this is a day to celebrate the multitude of languages spoken here. The Human Rights Commission will hold a forum for International Mother Language Day with the topic: “How do we ensure the survival of our mother tongues?” 


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Strengthening Families Gore will celebrate International Mother Language Day on Monday 21 February.  The St. James Theatre in Gore will have display booths available.


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English Language Partners have partnered with the Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) to produce new resources, a poster and bookmark.  The resources feature greetings in 28 languages, including Māori, English and New Zealand Sign Language.  


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People in harmony for Race Relations Day

The Human Rights Commission’s poster for Race Relations day on 21 March complements International Mother Languages Day. 


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Language Line, the Government’s telephone interpreting service, has decided to add Filipino to their list of interpreting services and information. The move is good news for New Zealand’s 17,000 Filipinos (Census 2006), particularly those with little or no English.


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On 25 January the Minister for Disability Issues, Tariana Turia, announced the next steps in the review of the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006.


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Waitangi Day celebrated in three languages

This year, for the first time ever, Deaf people were able to participate fully at Waitangi in the formal events commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The day was celebrated in New Zealand’s three official languages – te reo Māori, English and New Zealand Sign Language. This was achieved through use of a tri-lingual interpreter, conversant with New Zealand Sign Language, te reo Māori and English.


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New interpreting service for GP appointments

A new face-to-face interpreting service is now available at medical practices in Canterbury. Partnership Health Canterbury has teamed up with Interpreting New Zealand to offer interpreters, free of charge, to patients enrolled at Partnership Health Canterbury general practices.


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Te reo training goes digital

A ground-breaking project gives teachers online access to training on te reo Māori. The project was developed by Victoria University Faculty of Education lecturers Tabitha McKenzie, Rawiri Toia and Hiria McRae.


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Census helpline now multi-lingual

The next census takes place on Tuesday, 8 March. To help people translate and understand the census, a toll-free helpline will be available in a range of languages.


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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) have chosen ‘Manaakitanga’ as the theme for Māori Language Week 2011.


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Learn Pacific languages – website resources

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs have developed a series of online language resources in partnership with Niuean, Tokelauan and Cook Islands communities.


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Napier Police brush up their te reo

Sixteen Napier Police officers have taken part in a 10-week programme to improve their te reo and knowledge of tikanga Māori. The programme aims to help Police reach out to the Māori community.


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A fono will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 16 February in support of Pasifika language and literacy resources. All Pasifika and community leaders, educators, churches, organisations, parents, media and fanau are invited to attend.


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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner resumes this February, from 3.15pm – 4.30pm on Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Weminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Entry by gold coin donation.


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Language, Education and Diversity Conference 2011 invites submissions of abstracts for individual papers, colloquia and posters for the 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011).


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Abstracts are invited for presentations at the second combined conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) and the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) to be held in Canberra from Wednesday 30 November to Friday 2 December 2011.


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Te Kura Reo ki Raukawa

The Raukawa Kura Reo is an annual, week long total immersion event for medium to fluent speakers of te reo Māori, held in Tokoroa from 26-30 April at Papa o te Aroha marae, Mossop Rd. 


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2011 Pikihuia Awards

Huia Publishers and the Māori Literature Trust have announced the return of the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers. They encourage Māori writers of novels, short stories and film scripts to start thinking about story ideas or tidy-up existing work to enter the competition. These awards recognise outstanding work by Māori writers, support innovation and diversity in writing.


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Annual review of language and diversity

Each year the Human Rights Commission includes a chapter on language in its Race Relations Report. We now welcome your comments on the draft chapter. Please send any feedback to nzdiversity@hrc.co.nz by Sunday 30 January. What do you think were the most important developments last year? What are the priorities for 2011?


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Celebrating Mother Languages Day 2011

The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) and English Language Partners New Zealand are working together to produce new resources to celebrate UNESCO’s  International Mother Languages Day, 21 February 2011.

The two organisations are creating a poster and a bookmark to feature greetings in 28 languages, including Māori and English. The resources will be available in schools and workplaces around New Zealand.


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At the annual meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable, national and state human rights commissioners discussed the right to language and cultural identity. In accordance with Article 13 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Commissioners affirmed the importance of language as a human right, and noted its impact on the enjoyment of other human rights including cultural identity and access to justice, education and health (including the availability of professional interpreting services). 


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iSign newsletter debuts

iSign, an Online Interpreter Booking System connecting Sign Language interpreters and the Deaf and hearing people who use them, has published its first newsletter.


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In March this year, Te Waka Reo reported that elite private school King’s College had included te reo Māori as a compulsory subject for third formers. Now we are at the end of the school year, the NZ Herald has reported on the programme’s success and popularity.


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An Environment Court decision has dismissed objections from neighbours to the building of a 350-pupil full immersion Māori secondary school at Bethlehem.


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AlterNative special edition now online

AlterNative, an International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, has released a special supplement edition. The edition has “dialogues that stirred the body, mind and soul” from the Critiquing Pasifika Education Biennial Conference.


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Japanese Downunder now on air

Japanese Downunder is a bilingual radio show on Plains FM community radio, 96.9 Christchurch broadcasted Tuesdays at 8pm (fortnightly).


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Interpreting New Zealand is holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 17 November with Joris de Bres, Race Relations Commissioner, as Guest Speaker. 


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The Office of Ethnic Affairs will host a professional development seminar for working interpreters in Wellington on 18 November with the theme is “Interpreting with Integrity”.


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Interpreting Canterbury invites you to a workshop, to be held 22 November, on how to work with interpreters for the best possible communication with non-English speaking clients.  It is especially designed for those working in the health services-medical professionals and support staff; everyone from the front desk to emergency services. 


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English Language Partners New Zealand, in conjunction with the Industry Training Federation will hold the New Zealand Workplace English Forum in December.


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Every five years, the New Zealand Government provides a report to the United Nations on its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In effect, this is a report on the state of race relations in New Zealand. The report is considered by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


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The Waitangi Tribunal has found the use of te reo Māori is in stark decline and recommended overhaul of Māori language sector leadership. The report has prompted debate on how to strengthen the Kohanga Reo movement and make te reo Māori compulsory in schools.


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Pasifika community and teaching organisations have voiced strong concern at the Ministry of Education’s announcement they will cease production of the TUPU and Fōlauga Pasifika language series from the end of 2010. Although the Ministry says this is only a pause in production, there appears to be no indication of how long this pause will be.


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Teacher Professional Development Languages Years 7 to 10 (TPDL) is a year-long programme funded by the Ministry of Education. TPDL assists existing and new teachers of languages improve their language and culture knowledge and apply pedagogy that has a real and positive impact on student learning.  Teachers can gain internationally recognized language qualifications as well as accreditation in language teaching.


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The Raukawa Māori Language Awards were recently held at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa campus in Tokoroa. Thirteen awards from 4 main categories (Māori Language Week, Long Term, Special Awards & Supreme Awards) were presented throughout the night acknowledging a range of groups, individuals and efforts supporting Māori language initiatives throughout the wider Raukawa area. Guest speakers at the event included Professor Tīmoti Kāretu, long time Māori language expert and revitalisation driver, as well as Te Awanuirangi Black and Glenis Philip Barbara (new CEO of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, The Māori Language Commission). 


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Mystique-beyond comprehension

Mystique – beyond comprehension, an exhibition organised by Wellington Hindi School, aims to extend people’s understanding of Indian heritage.


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The 11th national NZSLTA conference will be held at the Te Aro Campus of Victoria University, Wellington on 27-28 November 2010. The theme of the two-day conference is ‘Challenges in Sign Language Teaching’ and will feature international and New Zealand presenters, a wine and cheese evening and an NZSL Storyfest event. 


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Samoan Language Week 2011 dates announced

The dates for next year’s Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa have just been announced.


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No more Pacific-language reading materials

The Ministry of Education has announced that they will cease production of the TUPU Pasifika languages series from the end of 2010. Although the Ministry says that this is a pause in production, there appears to be no indication of how long this pause will be.


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The FAGASA (Association of Teachers and Parents for the Teaching of Samoan in New Zealand) organisation has expressed its frustration and disappointment at the Ministry of Education’s plans to cease publishing Fōlauga, a much needed reading resource for teaching the Samoan language in New Zealand classrooms. This was confirmed by an email from the Ministry of Education on Friday, 8 October to the national president of FAGASA, Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin.


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John McCaffery, senior lecturer at Auckland University’s education faculty and his wife Judy Taligalu McFall-McCaffery recently presented results of two years’ research into Pacific languages used by New Zealanders.


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The winners of the Maori Language Awards 2010 were announced at Huia Te Reo – the annual two day Maori language expo event held by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (The Maori Language Commission), at the Rotorua Energy and Events Centre on October 9.


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ETC is offering free places for those wanting to learn English at Intermediate level. These places are open for those who have permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship.


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Researchers from Auckland University of Technology are interested in your experiences in working in refugee settings. They would like to hear from people currently working in refugee settings or who have been working in refugee settings within the past six years.


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Interpreting New Zealand is now able to offer interpreting services for speakers of Juba (Sudanese) Arabic.  It has also recently increased the number of trained Tigringa, Farsi, Samoan, Spanish, Czech and Burmese interpreters, all of whom are available either onsite (Wellington and Canterbury) or by telephone. 


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For those of you in the Wellington region, Wellington City Libraries is conducting an adult learning customer survey to help improve their Adult Learning/ESOL collections.


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Samoan Language Week 2011 dates announced

The dates for next year’s Samoan Language Week/Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa have just been announced. In 2011, the week will run from Sunday 29 May to Saturday 4 June to again coincide with Samoan Independence Day on 1 June.

The 11th National NZSLTA conference will be held at the Te Aro Campus of Victoria University, Wellington on 27-8 November 2010.
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Huia Te Reo – Māori Language Expo 2010

In 2010, the Māori Language Expo will take place from 8-9 October at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua.
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The Te Marautanga o Aotearoa training course, run by the Teachers’ Refresher Course Committee (TRCC), will be held on 2-6 October 2010 at St Margaret’s College & Camelot Motor Inn, Christchurch.
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CLESOL 2010 conference

The Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL) 2010 conference will be held 1-4 October 2010 at King’s High School in Dunedin. The theme of the conference is Context and Communication: Mediating Language Learning, Te Horopaki me te Tuku: He Rongoā i te Ako Reo.

For registrations of interest, sponsorship and other enquiries email: clesol@paardekooper.co.nz or visit www.clesol.org.nz

AKTESOL Grammar Workshop 15 September

University of Auckland senior lecturer Barbara Matthews will conduct a short workshop on language analysis for teachers on 15 September.
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Teacher Professional Development Languages Years 7 to 10 (TPDL) is a year-long programme funded by the Ministry of Education. TPDL assists both existing and new teachers of languages improve their language and culture knowledge and apply pedagogy that has a real and positive impact on student learning. Teachers can gain internationally recognised language qualifications as well as accreditation in language teaching through this programme.
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Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says the real purpose of a value-for-money review of government expenditure on Māori language promotion is to ensure the survival of Māori language.
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Canterbury College is offering free places for those wanting to learn English or improve their reading and writing skills. These places are open for those who have permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship. There are full-time and part-time courses available (full- time is 9-12 and 1-3pm /part-time is either mornings or afternoons).
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South Island Guidebook published in Korean

The Korean Society of Christchurch has published a New Zealand South Island Guidebook in the Korean language which includes settlement information and a business directory. Contact the Korean Society if your community group or organisation would like a free copy to pass on to Korean migrants or visitors.
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Following a review of scholarship subjects in 2010, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) announced on 7 September that the Samoan Language will be examined as a Scholarship subject from 2011. Read the full media release here.

Environment Canterbury Commissioners formally endorsed the dual use of Māori place names with their European equivalent by the regional council at their public meeting in August.
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Te Ataarangi teaching group chair Rahera Shortland, a veteran teacher of te reo Māori, says the time is right to introduce compulsory Māori language into the school curriculum. Ms Shortland started the first Māori immersion class in a mainstream school at Auckland Girls Grammar, and says developments such as Māori language week have paved the way for wider acceptance.
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The play Resolve premieres at BATs Theatre in Wellington on 21 September and runs until 2 October 2010. It uses life stories and personal experiences of the Deaf and hearing communities and will be performed using movement, facial expressions and gestures without the use of spoken English or New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
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The Health and Disability Commission (HDC) has published a Greek language translation of the Code of Patient Rights which can be viewed on the HDC website. According to the Hellenic Congress of New Zealand it’s believed be the first official document in New Zealand translated into Greek. Access the Code of Patient Rights in thirty different languages by visiting http://www.hdc.org.nz/.

Missed out on the Diversity Forum, but are interested in the topics discussed? View or download the Forum presentations here.
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For new parents who speak little or no English, it’s good to hear that Plunket has now joined Language Line. This means they can talk to their Plunket nurse and find out more about information and services to do with their new baby. The Plunket nurse is a familiar part of the baby landscape and people can also get information about vaccination schedules, baby car seat rentals and much more.
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Christchurch earthquake emergency lines are now connected to Language Line, the Office of Ethnic Affairs telephone service with interpreters in 40 different languages.
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The Māori Language Expo will take place from 8-9 October at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua. Huia Te Reo will have a particular emphasis on improved and sustainable reo Māori usage.


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The 11th National New Zealand Sign Language Teachers’ Association (NZSLTA) conference will be held at the Te Aro Campus of Victoria University, Wellington from 27-28 November 2010.


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Dialogue about the intersections of language, identity and human rights is expected at the human rights conference to be held at the Asia Pacific OutGames in March 2011 in Wellington.


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The Te Marautanga o Aotearoa training course, run by the Teachers’ Refresher Course Committee (TRCC), is to be held from 2-6 October 2010 at St Margaret’s College & Camelot Motor Inn, Christchurch.


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Claire Szabo CEO, English Language Partners, has been named NZ Institute of Management’s Young Executive of the Year for the Central Region.


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Up to 60 places are available for teachers of Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish and up to 20 places for teachers of Cook Islands Māori, Niuean, Samoan, Tongan and Tokelauan to gain internationally recognised language qualifications as well as accreditation in language teaching.


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In Wellington the NZ China Friendship Society supports the weekly Mandarin Corner, a place where all ages and all levels of Mandarin speakers can come together.


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For the first time, the Auckland Central City Library is offering a series of focused sessions for speakers of a variety of community languages, including Chinese, Samoan and Spanish.


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Professor Kate Burridge, an expert on the English language, comes to New Zealand for three public lectures. Her visit to Victoria University is courtesy of the Ian Gordon Fellowship, which was set up to support and promote the study of English language and linguistics at Victoria.


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CLESOL 2010 conference

The Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL) 2010 conference will be held 1-4 October 2010 at King’s High School in Dunedin.


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Māori Affairs Minister, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, announced that the strategy and infrastructure of the Māori language sector is to be completely reviewed, to ensure the programmes and expenditure across the whole of government are responsive to Iwi/Māori aspiration.


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The large number of Māori living in Australia face losing their native language, in part because they assimilate so easily, according to findings by Victoria University researcher Paul Hamer.


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The Raukawa Māori Language Awards is an event that celebrates and recognises te reo Māori revitalisation initiatives, contributing groups and individuals that have a direct impact on the Raukawa area, its community and Raukawa people living outside of the tribal boundary.


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A police radio show that advises Samoan parents who speak limited English about the dangers of youth gangs is working so well it may be extended.


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The Legal Māori Project has released two important language resources; the Legal Māori Corpus (LMC) and the Legal Māori Lexicon (LML).


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The new Auckland Council website went live on 1 July 2010. After reviewing the site, Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres wrote to the council expressing disappointment that the site was “completely monolingual, fails to reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Auckland region, and has no regard to those Aucklanders whose first language is not English”.


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Pacific Island children living in and around Greymouth, whose first language is not English, now have a group to help them with their schoolwork. The group runs on a Monday night at Cobden School.


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The annual New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held from 22-23 August at the Christchurch Convention Centre. The theme of the Forum is “It’s About Us”, carried forward from Race Relations Day 2010.


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The theme of International Languages Week (ILW) this year is ‘He taonga ngā reo katoa – All languages are to be treasured’. The aim is to embrace multilingualism and the advantages and importance of learning a new language at any age or stage.


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On Wednesday 18 August, as part of International Languages Week 2010, the Human Rights Commission and the NZ National Commission for UNESCO are hosting a forum on international languages in New Zealand. Have your say on how best to achieve a bilingual or multilingual New Zealand.


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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 took place from 26 July to 1 August, with the theme “Te Mahi Kai – The Language of Food”. A fantastic initiative organised during for the week was the bilingual advertising in Progressive Enterprises supermarkets.


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Enter the Māori Language Awards 2010

Following another successful Māori Language Week, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is calling for entries for the Māori Language Awards 2010.


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To coincide with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010, the findings of the 2009 Māori Language Attitudes Survey have been released.


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The Confucius Institute hopes Prime Minister John Key’s push for more Mandarin speakers will help it achieve its goal of getting 50,000 people learning the language by 2011.


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Children at Totara Park School in Upper Hutt are learning about Chinese language and culture from two teachers fluent in Mandarin.


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Researchers believe they could break down cultural barriers by studying differences in the way Māori and Pākehā communicate. Critics have questioned, however, why taxpayer money should be spent on this when the two cultures are already perfectly capable of relating to each other.


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The 2009 Samoan-language short film Va Tapuia (Sacred Spaces) has been accepted at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Written and directed by new Samoan director Tusi Tamasese, the film tells the story of two grieving strangers who find comfort in each other in a cyclone-ravaged Samoan village.


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Up to 60 places are available for teachers of Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish and up to 20 places for teachers of Cook Islands Māori, Niuean, Samoan, Tongan and Tokelauan to gain internationally recognised language qualifications as well as accreditation in language teaching.


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Wellington-based CWA New Media is developing an innovative new suite of language resources for the Ministry of Education. The resources combine the implications of recent research into language learning with innovative ways of putting teaching and learning resources into the hands of New Zealand teachers and students.


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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s board, which is responsible for decisions relating to policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers, has approved a set of Chinese-language internationalised top-level domain names, enabling millions to soon be able to access the Internet entirely using Chinese script.


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In the lead up to Māori Language Week, Newspapers in Education (NiE) have published four, separate eight-page mini newspapers across levels two-five. The following titles are now available from NiE:

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Each year, the Confucius Institute in Auckland offers up to 10 scholarships for advanced Chinese language study in China, in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Education.


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CLESOL 2010 conference

The Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL) 2010 conference will be held 1-4 October 2010 at King’s High School in Dunedin.


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The Te Marautanga o Aotearoa training course, run by the Teachers’ Refresher Course Committee (TRCC), is to be held on 2-6 October 2010 at St Margaret’s College & Camelot Motor Inn, Christchurch.


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The Māori Language Expo will take place from 8-9 October at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua. Huia Te Reo will have a particular emphasis on improved and sustainable reo Māori usage.


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The 6th International Critical Link Conference “Interpreting in a Changing Landscape” will be held from 26-30 July 2010, with the aim of bringing together representatives from all spheres of the public service interpreting community, and to examine the role of interpreters in the world.


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The new Auckland Council website went live on 1 July 2010. After reviewing the site, the Race Relations Commissioner wrote to the council expressing disappointment that the site was “completely monolingual, fails to reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Auckland region, and has no regard to those Aucklanders whose first language is not English”.


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On Monday 26 July, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 will be launched by a lunch-time celebrity cook-off at Midland Park in Wellington. In light of this year’s theme, “Te Mahi Kai – The Language of Food”, the Minister of Māori Affairs and sporting celebrities will battle it out to be named best chef.


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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 resources, including posters, shopping bags, stickers, t-shirts and phrasebooks are now available from Te Taura Whiri: Māori Language Commission. The phrase book includes vocabulary for different food cultivation and preparation areas, recipes, karakia kai (food prayers) and proverbs.


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Register for the NZ Diversity Forum

“Interpreting in the Health Sector”, hosted by Partnership Health Canterbury, will be presented at the annual NZ Diversity Forum 2010. The forum will be held from 22-23 August 2010 at the Christchurch Convention Centre.


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Think. Sign. Teach someone. Teach one of New Zealand’s official languages: New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Deaf Aotearoa, along with Kelston Deaf Education Centre and multichannel.media has created two fantastic interactive resources for people to learn NZSL.


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This year Ngāi Tahu celebrates 10 years of their Māori language strategy Kotahi Mano Kaika, Kotahi Mano Wawata (1000 Homes, 1000 Dreams). Affectionately known as KMK, this 25-year strategy, which aims to have 1000 Ngāi Tahu households speaking te reo Māori, is the tribe’s answer to halting the rapid decline in the use of te reo Māori in Te Waipounamu.


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Based on research released in June, Chair of Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Committee Pele Walker says “Many Pacific communities emphasised that the health of heritage arts in this country cannot be considered in isolation from Pacific languages. In knowing the language you can pick up the underlying values and the unique aspects of culture. Often, the strength of a community’s language is a good indication of the health of its heritage arts.”


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The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers’ Biennial International Conference will be held 4-7 July 2010 at the Rydges Lakeland Hotel in Queenstown, and will focus on the new curriculum, e-learning, literacy and inquiry learning.


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The annual NZSTI Conference will be hosted by the Canterbury branch of NZSTI in Christchurch from 10-11 July 2010.


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A hui on Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bilingual units in English Medium Education will be held at Tangatarua Marae, Waiaraiki Polytechnic, Rotorua from 12-16 July 2010.


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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 will be held from 26 July-1 August 2010. The theme this year is ‘Te Mahi Kai – the language of Food’. Visit the Kōrero Māori website for further information.

The ‘Critical Link 6′ Interpreting in a Changing Landscape conference will be held from 26-30 July 2010 with the aim of bringing together representatives from all spheres of the public service interpreting community, and to examine the role of interpreters in the world.


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Huia Te Reo – Māori Language Expo

In 2010, the Māori Language Expo will take place from 8-9 October at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua. Huia Te Reo will have a particular emphasis on improved and sustainable reo Māori usage. The event will include a one-day symposium, one-day expo and an awards dinner. For information updates, visit the Kōrero Māori website.

He whakamārama atu tēnei ki a koutou, e kohi ana mātou i ngā Kupu Rangatira ō roto ō Te Wharetapu ō Ngapuhi. Kā whakahaerehia tēnei Kaupapa i Te Taitokerau Wananga ara, Northtec i Whangarei.


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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 will be held from 26 July-1 August 2010. The theme this year is ‘Te Mahi Kai – the Language of Food’. The key message for the language this year is encouraging use in communities.


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The annual New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held in Christchurch from 22-23 August 2009 at the Christchurch Convention Centre. The theme of the Forum is ‘It’s About Us’, carried forward from Race Relations Day 2010.


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InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc), through subsidiary company Domain Name Commission Ltd, advises .nz domain name holders that they are able to apply for macron versions of their domain names in a ‘sunrise’ application period that runs until 6 July 2010.


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Samoan Language Champions recognised

Samoan Language Week 2010 was a great success, seeing many school and community events around the country. At the end of the week, five people who have pioneered the teaching and promotion of the Samoan language in New Zealand over the past four decades were honoured as the inaugural “Samoan Language Champions: Tautai o le gagana Samoa”.


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Interpreting Wellington has announced the appointment of Robyn Pask to the role of Chief Executive Officer.


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The New Zealand Qualifications Authority reviews the list of secondary school scholarship subjects every two years and submissions to the latest review closed last week.


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A New Zealand-based Pacific Island singer-songwriter and a radio broadcaster want to see more recognition of music in Pacific languages reflected in the Pacific Music Awards.


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In the lead up to Mātāriki in June and Māori Language Week from July 26-August 1, Newspapers in Education (NiE) will be publishing four separate 8-page mini newspapers across levels 2-5.


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NZ-China scholarship 2011

Each year, the Confucius Institute in Auckland offers up to 10 scholarships for advanced Chinese language study in China, in co-operation with China’s Ministry of Education.


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AKTESOL Assessment Workshops

AKTESOL will host a series of workshops for primary, secondary and tertiary educators on Thursday 1 July 2010 from 5.30pm (refreshments to start, workshops begin at 6.15pm) at Kohia Teachers’ Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland (Epsom Avenue, Gate 2).


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CLESOL Conference

The Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL) 2010 conference will be held from 1-4 October 2010 at King’s High School in Dunedin.


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In 2010, the Māori Language Expo will take place from 8-9 October at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua.


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CLESOL 2010 conference

The Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL) 2010 conference will be held 1-4 October 2010 at King’s High School in Dunedin.


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Puzzled migrants are being offered a course in how to understand the ‘Kay-weay eksent’. The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) Charitable Trust promises the classes will help foreigners “understand the Kiwi accent and use of English”.


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The Bay of Plenty Chinese Cultural Society was launched in January, and a Bay of Plenty Chinese language school teaching Mandarin for beginners, intermediate and advanced level was subsequently started.


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Ngāti Porou educationalist Glenis Philip-Barbara has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori/the Māori Language Commission.


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Matakite Productions, publishers of New Zealand’s only comprehensive Māori and English bilingual loose-leaf Matariki diary, journal and time planner, ŌRUA Matariki He Maramataka Māori, is celebrating its tenth year of enhancing diversity and encouraging the use of te reo Māori as a living language in today’s world.


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In the lead up to Matariki in June and Māori Language Week on July 26-August 1, Newspapers in Education (NiE) will be publishing four separate 8-page mini newspapers across levels 2-5.


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NZ-China scholarship 2011

Each year, the Confucius Institute in Auckland offers up to 10 scholarships for advanced Chinese language study in China, in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Education.


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Chinese film screening 27 May

This month’s Chinese feature film is Thei-go King and His Son (Qiwang he ta de er-zi) and it will screen in Committee Room No 1, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street on 27 May.


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Samoan Language Week 2010

Samoan Language Week 2010 will be held during the week of 30 May-5 June in order to coincide with Samoan Independence Day on 1 June. The theme for 2010 is ‘O le Tātou gagana Sāmoa I Niu Sila – Our Samoan language in New Zealand’. If you have any news or want to register your event for Samoan Language Week 2010, please email the Commission.

The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers’ Biennial International Conference will be held 4-7 July 2010 at the Rydges Lakeland Hotel in Queenstown, and will focus on the new curriculum, e-learning, literacy and inquiry learning.


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The annual NZSTI Conference will be hosted by the Canterbury branch of NZSTI in Christchurch from 10-11 July 2010.


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A hui on Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bi-lingual units in English Medium Education will be held at Tangatarua Marae, Waiaraiki Polytechnic, Rotorua from 12-16 July 2010.


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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 will be held from 26 July-1 August 2010. The theme this year is ‘Te Mahi Kai – the language of Food’.


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The ‘Critical Link 6′ Interpreting in a Changing Landscape conference will be held from 26-30 July 2010. The aim is to bring together representatives from all spheres of the public service interpreting community, and to examine the role of interpreters in the world.


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Samoan Language Week/Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa takes place this year from 30 May-5 June. The week will be officially launched on Sunday evening 30 May with a service at the Malaeola Hall in Mangere at 6pm.


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A forum on the preservation of Samoan and Māori languages in Aotearoa will be hosted by the Human Rights Commisson in Wellington on Wednesday 2 June from 3.30-5.30pm. The discussion will focus on the right to language and is in celebration of Samoan Language Week (30 May-5 June 2010) and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (26 July-1 August).


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Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia has applauded a trilingual programme that promotes te reo Māori to the Deaf community. Maara Kai is a television series that helps audiences to grow and make their own produce.


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Toru Fetū is the first purpose-built Pacific Island kindergarten in the country. It was born out of the common goals of three existing playgroups based in Porirua East: Niue Aoga Tama Ikiiki, Te Punanga Reo Kuki Airani Porirua and Akoga Tuvalu.


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Mā Te Reo Fund to end

Mā Te Reo is a $15 million government-funded programme that was established by the Minister of Māori Affairs in 2001 to support projects, programmes and activities that contribute to local level Māori language regeneration.


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English Language Partners Christchurch has been running literacy and sign language lessons for a group of five Deaf refugees in the city.The classes have been described as a lifeline for the students, facilitating communication and working to prevent experiences of isolation.


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Kiwa Media is a Māori company breaking new ground with their new application QBook. QBook that can be used on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to teach children how to read books in te reo Māori, US English, Japanese, German, French and Spanish using touch technology. Visit the Kiwa Media website for more information.

CLESOL 2010 conference

The Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL) 2010 conference will be held 1-4 October 2010 at King’s High School in Dunedin.


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In 2010, the Māori Language Expo will take place from 8-9 October at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua.


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The Race Relations Commissioner spoke at the Samoan Teachers Association Conference in Wellington. The accompanying media release is available on the website. Scroll down the page to read his speech.

NZ-China scholarship 2011

Each year, the Confucius Institute in Auckland offers up to 10 scholarships for advanced Chinese language study in China, in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Education.


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Translation of Koran into Te Reo Māori

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of New Zealand has translated the Koran into Te Reo Māori; the publication will be launched this Saturday.


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Chinese film screening 15 April

This month’s Chinese feature film is Dongji Rescue (Dongji zhengju) and it will screen in Committee Room No 1, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street on Thursday 15 April.


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New Zealand Sign Language Week 2010

The dates for NZSL Week 2010 are 2 – 8 May and Deaf Aotearoa would like all New Zealanders to get involved.


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Samoan Language Week 2010

Samoan Language Week 2010 will be held during the week of 30 May-5 June in order to coincide with Samoan Independence Day on 1 June.


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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 will be held from 26 July to 1 August 2010. The theme this year is ‘Te Mahi Kai – the language of Food’. Visit the Korero Māori website for further information.

The annual NZSTI Conference will be hosted by the Canterbury branch of NZSTI in Christchurch on 10-11 July 2010.


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A hui on Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bi-lingual units in English Medium Education will be held at Tangatarua Marae, Waiaraiki Polytechnic, Rotorua from 12-16 July 2010.


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The ‘Critical Link 6′ Interpreting in a Changing Landscape conference will be held on 26-30 July 2010 with the aim of bringing together representatives from all spheres of the public service interpreting community, and to examine the role of interpreters in the world.


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New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of New Zealand’s three official languages. NZSL Week runs from 2-8 May and aims to promote NZSL as an official language of New Zealand as well as raise awareness about the Deaf community. The 2010 theme is Think. Sign.


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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori / the Māori Language Commission and FAGASA Inc (the Samoan Teachers’ Association) will join forces to promote both Samoan Language Week and Māori Language Week this year.


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Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori / the Māori Language Commission has announced the theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010. The theme is ‘Te Mahi Kai – the language of food’.


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The Human Rights Commission has just released a set of six A3 posters with the theme ‘Discrimination is not OK’.


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From now on, when an ambulance arrives to help someone who speaks little or no English, they will be able to offer telephone interpreting anywhere in New Zealand.


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Applications are now open for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Minorities Fellowship Programme.


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In the lead up to Matariki in June and Māori Language Week on July 26 -August 1, Newspapers in Education (NiE) will be publishing four separate 8-page mini newspapers across levels 2-5.


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Africa Connection Aotearoa is planning to establish regular classes in Kiswahili, the most widely spoken language in Africa.


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Learn introductory Hindi in Wellington

Expressions of interest are now being invited for an Introduction to Hindi: Conversational Skills course for adult learners who want to be able to engage in basic Hindi conversations.


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Community Languages of New Zealand (CLANZ) wants to contact people who are working to keep their heritage language alive in New Zealand by creating teaching and learning opportunities.


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The Wellington Sri Lankan School held its annual prize giving / cultural and sports event on Saturday 28th March at Tawa Intermediate Hall, Ranui Terrace.


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A hui on Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bi-lingual units in English Medium Education will be held from 12-16 July 2010 at Tangatarua Marae.


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Te reo Māori options for withdrawing cash are now available from BNZ automatic teller machines (ATM).


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NZ-China scholarship 2011

Each year, the Confucius Institute in Auckland offers up to 10 scholarships for advanced Chinese language study in China, in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Education.


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ASB Polyfest Speech Competitions 2010

Polyfest, the annual Auckland Secondary Schools Māori and Pacific Islands Cultural Festival, is happening from 17-20 March.


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Kura Reo ki Raukawa 2010

From April 11-16 2010, Ngāti Raukawa are hosting a total immersion kura reo event at Papa o Te Aroha marae, Tokoroa.


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The Wellington Sri Lankan school is holding its annual prize giving/ cultural and sports event on Saturday 28 March in Tawa.


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New Zealand Sign Language Week 2010

The dates for NZSL Week 2010 are 2-8 May and Deaf Aotearoa would like all New Zealanders to get involved.


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Samoan Language Week 2010

Samoan Language Week 2010 will be held during the week of 31 May-4 June in order to coincide with Samoan Independence Day.


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The dates for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 have been announced by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori. It will be held from 26 July to 1 August 2010. Visit the Korero Māori website for further information.

The annual NZSTI Conference will be hosted by the Canterbury branch of NZSTI in Christchurch on 10-11 July 2010.


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Strategic Policy Manager position

A vacancy has arisen for the position of Strategic Policy Manager within the Human Rights Commission’s senior management team.


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Community Languages of New Zealand (CLANZ) wants to contact people who are working to keep their heritage language alive in New Zealand by creating teaching and learning opportunities.


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Kapiti Coast District Council is adding macrons to some of its place names.


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People who are learning Chinese in Wellington can benefit from practising oral Chinese with native speakers and other learners at Mandarin Corner.


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On 30 March Fairfax Newspapers in Education will publish a resource that has a topic that complements New Zealand Sign Language Week.


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Enough students have shown interest for a sign language class to be reinstated at Feilding’s Community Learning Centre.


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Several of Christchurch City Council’s activities for Race Relations day are focused on language, promoting linguistic diversity and the importance of using plain language to address a range of audiences (including those whose first language is not English).


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A highlight of Christchurch City Council’s 2010 Race Relations Day celebrations is the launch of the revised “New To Christchurch” booklets for migrants and people of refugee background.


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Māori Television has reported that elite private school Kings College has now included te reo Māori as a compulsory subject for all third formers.


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Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day is being held on March 21 and this year’s theme is ‘It’s About Us’.


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Interpreting Canterbury workshops

Interpreting Canterbury is running workshops on learning the skills of interpreting.


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A hui on Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bi-lingual units in English Medium Education will be held at Tangatarua Marae, Waiaraiki Polytechnic, Rotorua from 12-16 July 2010.


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The ‘Critical Link 6′ Interpreting in a Changing Landscape conference will be held on 26- 30 July 2010 with the aim of bringing together representatives from all spheres of the public service interpreting community, and to examine the role of interpreters in the world.


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CLESOL 2010 conference

The CLESOL 2010 conference will be held 1- 4 October 2010 at King’s High School in Dunedin.


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Race Relations Day Facebook page

The Human Rights Commission is using Facebook to get discussions going ahead of Race Relations Day next month with a special Facebook page dedicated to Race Relations Day.


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February 21 is International Mother Language Day, which is dedicated to the promotion of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.


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Kohanga reo (Māori language nests) have earned international recognition in a UNESCO report released in January 2010 for their role in language revitalisation, and empowerment for Māori.


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Chinese-language TV channel to be launched

Television 33, a new television channel that will broadcast predominantly in Chinese, is planned for launch in May 2010.


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The S3 Pacific Music Awards celebrate their sixth year with an updated award catalogue for 2010, which includes a new award recognising the promotion of Pacific languages.


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The United Nations’ Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures is dedicated to demonstrating the benefits of cultural and linguistic diversity. One of its four major themes involves the promotion of exchanges of cultural, linguistic, and religious knowledges.


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North Shore City Council has published a trilingual booklet, Improving Your Property, in Korean, Chinese and English explaining the legal requirements and rules for building and developing properties.


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The role of the Domain Name Commission (DNC) is to manage the .nz domain name space and to protect the interests and rights of everyone involved in using it.


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NZ-China scholarship 2011

Each year, the Confucius Institute in Auckland offers up to 10 scholarships for advanced Chinese language study in China, in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Education.


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International Mother Language Day 2010

International Mother Language Day on 21 February is an opportunity to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. See the UNESCO website for more details.

ASB Polyfest Speech Competitions 2010

Polyfest – the annual Auckland Secondary Schools Maori and Pacific Islands Cultural Festival – will be held from 17 to 20 March at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Manukau City.


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New Zealand Sign Language Week 2010

The dates for NZSL Week 2010 are 2- 8 May and Deaf Aotearoa would like all New Zealanders to get involved.


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Samoan Language Week 2010

Samoan Language Week 2010 will be held during the week of 31 May- 4 June in order to coincide with Samoan Independence Day.


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The dates for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 have been announced by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori. It will be held from 26 July to 1 August 2010. Visit the Korero Māori website for further information.

Annual review of language and diversity

Each year the Human Rights Commission includes a section on language and diversity in its Race Relations Report. A draft of this section is available for comment. Please send any feedback to nzdiversity@hrc.co.nz. What do you think were the most important developments last year? What are the priorities for 2010?


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Race Relations Day 2010

Race Relations Day this year is on Sunday 21 March. The theme is “It’s About Us: Whanau”. There are lots of events already listed on the Race Relations Day Calendar of Events. Let us know if you or your organisation is planning an event at nzdiversity@hrc.co.nz and we will add your event to the calendar.

The dates for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 have been announced. Next year, Māori Language Week will be held from July 26 to August 1, 2010.

  • ALANZ and ALAA combined conference, December 2- 4, 2009
  • Hui on Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bi-lingual units in English Medium Education, July 12- 16, 2009
  • ‘Critical Link 6′ Interpreting in a Changing Landscape conference, July 26- 30, 2010
  • CLESOL 2010 conference, October 1- 4, 2010


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A Victoria University programme that helps skilled migrants gain New Zealand workplace experience won ‘Highly Commended’ in the Tomorrow’s Workforce category of the recently announced EEO Trust Work & Life Awards 2009.


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Opened in 2009, Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti is a new kind of Māori-medium early childhood education centre in Kaiti, Turanganui a Kiwa (Gisborne).


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Interpreting Wellington invites applications for the next half-year introductory training course for interpreters, which will begin on March 8, 2010.


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On October 16 Google announced that te reo Māori had been added to Google’s Translator Toolkit (GTT) together with another 284 additional languages.


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The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) Executive and interested members from the wider community met in October 2009 to develop a vision for the organisation and an action plan for 2010.


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A revised edition of Gagana Sāmoa: A Samoan Language Coursebook by Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin will be launched at a function at Victoria University on November 17.


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Te Pou, the national centre of mental health research, information and workforce development, has assisted Refugees as Survivors NZ Trust (RASNZ) and Waitemata District Health Board to deliver the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) pilot training project for health practitioners.


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A new UNESCO intersectoral World Report, Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue, was launched on October 20, 2009.


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Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, says Chinese will be the dominant online language as early as 2014.


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Language Line, the Office of Ethnic Affair’s telephone interpreting service, has produced a book Interpreting in New Zealand, the pathway forward.


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A new initiative has been launched that uses remote video technology to provide an interpreting service to allow deaf speakers of Māori to participate in forums where Te Reo is used.


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Parkinson’s Awareness Week from 1 to 7 November 2009 was marked by the launch of pamphlets in the 10 most commonly spoken languages in New Zealand.


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Winners of the Māori Language Awards 2009, which celebrate and recognise commitment to Māori language regeneration, featured as part of He Huia Kaimanawa, the Māori Language Expo on October 15, 2009.


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New Zealand Sign Language Week 2010

The dates for NZSL Week 2010 are May 2- 8 and Deaf Aotearoa would like all New Zealanders to get involved.


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Samoan Language Week 2010

Samoan Language Week 2010 will be held during the week of May 24- 30, 2010 before Samoan Independence Day on 1 June.


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The Commission is in the process of developing an updated New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights for 2010-2015.


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Facebook page for NZDAP

The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme Facebook page now has over 400 friends.

Check it out to keep up to date with news, events and issues on the new Facebook page. The Race Relations Commissioner also has a Facebook page for general race relations issues.

The Pacific Mental Health Development Unit, Le Va, has received a high demand from local communities for information and assistance regarding their mental health and wellbeing following the tsunami that struck Samoa. The information is now available on their website in English and in Samoan.

Sociologist Professor Paul Spoonley gave a public lecture on Wednesday October 14 at Massey University’s Albany campus on the subject ‘Being Kiwi’.


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The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) website contains details on how to make a formal broadcasting standards complaint in thirteen different languages.


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Triangle and Stratos Television are going to screen the Korean TV drama series Jewel in the Palace from October 18.


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Latin American Women’s Group, Mujeres in Aotearoa (MIA) hosted a closing party for “Hablamos Español” (translated as “We Speak Spanish”) on the October 2.


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The finals of the National Samoan speech competition for college, secondary and intermediate students was held in Lower Hutt on September 10. The theme of the speeches was ‘Safety/Saogalemu’ and students were asked to select a topic such as water safety, road safety, or community safety and prepare and deliver a speech of up to 5 minutes.


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The Human Rights Commission is supporting a process to develop plans that will ensure the promotion and maintenance of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).


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Māori Language Awards 2009 to be announced

The Māori Language Awards celebrate and recognise commitment to Māori language regeneration. The awards will feature as part of He Huia Kaimanawa, a two-day event hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori on October 15- 16 to discuss, showcase and celebrate Māori language regeneration and innovation across the country.


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The inaugural Māori Language Expo/He Huia Kaimanawa will be held at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, on October 15 and 16.


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Samoan Language Week 2010

Samoan Language Week 2010 will be held during the week of May 24- 30 2010 before Samoan Independence Day on 1 June.


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The dates for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 have been announced. Next year, Māori Language Week will be held from July 26 to August 1 2010.

  • Applied Linguistics Associations of New Zealand and Australia (ALANZ and ALAA) first combined conference, December 2- 4, 2009
  • Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bi-lingual units in English Medium Education Hui, July 12- 16, 2010
  • ‘Critical Link 6′ Interpreting in a Changing Landscape conference will be held on July 26- 30, 2010


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Wellington City Libraries have recently added Burmese to their Migrant Communities Library Guide. The guide is now available in 24 community languages. To access the guide, go to the Wellington City Library’s website.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the recent Pacific tsunami – in New Zealand, in the Pacific and elsewhere in the world. As some commentators have pointed out, the events have shown how much Pacific and New Zealand communities are now intertwined.


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The Pacific Mental Health Development Unit, Le Va, has received a high demand from local communities for information and assistance regarding their mental health and wellbeing following the tsunami that struck Samoa.


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On 30 September Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres gave a speech at Massey University on the need for a national languages policy. He outlined what had been achieved since 2005 in policy, education, broadcasting, and the community, and what were the challenges that lay ahead.


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Erica Jones, a student at Gisborne Girls’ High School received a Human Rights Commission Acknowledgement of a Positive Contribution for her work on the Erica’s Journey: Toku Reo, Toku Ohooho DVD.


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On Monday 28 September, Māori TV’s current affairs programme, Native Affairs, included a segment on ‘why Pacific Island languages may become extinct’. If you missed the programme or want to see it again, it is available to watch online.

Guidelines for Teaching Samoan launched

Guidelines and a new multi-media resource for the teaching and learning of Samoan were launched by the New Zealand Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Georgina te Heuheu in Auckland on September 18.


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The Human Rights Commission is supporting a process to develop plans that will ensure the promotion and maintenance of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).


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Students embrace Vocabulary Olympics

Results are now in for the second annual Vocabulary Olympics, run by online vocabulary software company Language Perfect.


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On August 3 English Language Partners Dunedin won the 2009 Supreme Award in TrustPower Dunedin’s Community Awards.


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The Māori Language Awards will be featured as part of He Huia Kaimanawa, a two-day event hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori on October 15- 16 2009.


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Language campaigners in the UK say the UK will be held back as it seeks to emerge from recession unless it boosts the number of language graduates.


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The third course of Introductory Interpreter Training run by Interpreting Canterbury gets underway on 17 October 2009 and concludes in February 2010.


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Te Reo Māori & Broadcasting Hui 2009

Three hui will be held around the country in September in order to canvas opinion on ways in which Māori language broadcasting can assist in the learning of te reo Māori.


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On Wednesday September 23 at the Kohia Teachers’ Centre, Gate 2, Epsom Avenue, TESOLANZ will be hosting a series of workshops promoting and demonstrating the use of new DVD resources for teachers and teacher aides working with English Language learners.


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The inaugural Māori Language Expo/He Huia Kaimanawa will be held at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, on October 15 and 16 2009.


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The dates for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2010 have been announced. Next year, Māori Language Week will be held from July 26 to August 1 2010

  • December 2- 4 2009: First combined conference for the the Applied Linguistics Associations of New Zealand and Australia
  • July 12- 16 2010: Hui on Māori Literacy within Māori Medium Education and bi-lingual units in English Medium Education
  • July 26- 30: ‘Critical Link 6′ Interpreting in a Changing Landscape conference.


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Diversity Award Winners 2009

The winners of the 2009 Diversity Awards were announced at the annual New Zealand Diversity Forum on 24 August 2009 at Te Papa in Wellington.


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Organised by F.A.G.A.S.A Inc for children in Years 7-13, the national final of the Samoan Speech Competition / Tauvaga Tautalaga Aoao will be held on 10 September at the Lower Hutt Town Hall.


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Register now for the Diversity Forum, being held in Wellington from 22-24 August.

Check out the Diversity Forum programme or register online.

International Languages Week 2009 (ILW) will take place from Sunday 16 August to Saturday 22 August 2009. The week is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to celebrate cultural and language diversity and to encourage the learning of international languages in New Zealand. Language teachers from around the country will be organising school-based activities and celebrations from the far north to the deep south.
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Te Taura Whiri logoThe NZ Diversity Action Programme and The Māori Language Commission will be hosting a forum on Māori language strategy on Monday 24 August from 9-10.30am in the Naumai Room, Te Puni Kokiri, Lambton Quay, Wellington.
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The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs will host a forum on the future of Pacific languages on Monday 24 August 10.30am-12p, in the Naumai Room, Te Puni Kokiri, Lambton Quay, Wellington.
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On 15 August, from 11am-4pm, a Russian Festival and musical will be held at Raumati South Memorial Hall, 29 Tennis Court Road, Raumati South, on the Kapiti Coast. This festival is a fundraising event created to support the Kolobok Russian language school for children at Raumati, which opened its doors in December 2008.
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Forum: Asian Language in New Zealand

Office of Ethnic Affairs logoThe Office of Ethnic Affairs will host a forum on the status of Asian Languages in New Zealand onMonday 24 August 1-3pm at Te Papa, Wellington. The forum will consider how these language needs can be best met in the context of the growth of Asian communities in New Zealand and New Zealand’s trade links with the Asian continent.
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Interpreting New Zealand will host a forum on interpreting services for non-Engllish speakers on Monday 24 August 1-3pm in the Naumai Room, Te Puni Kokiri, Lambton Quay, Wellington.
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Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori / the Māori Language Commission have reported there was increased participation across New Zealand, coupled with unprecedented demand for resources during Te Wiki o te reo Māori 2009. Te Tauri Whiri also congratulated media around the country who contributed to the success of the week.
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In the lead-up to Te Wiki o te reo Māori / Māori Language Week, the Race Relations Commissioner released the results of a survey of te reo content on government websites. The survey indicated that most government websites did not have much te reo content. The Race Relations Commissioner challenged government agencies to have their name and a link of their home page to te reo content as a minimum standard.
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As part of their contribution to Te Wiki o te reo Māori, the Privacy Commission and the Legal Services Agency have new and revised materials now available in te reo Māori. The te Reo Privacy Youth video – Whakaarotia katahi ka tuku atu ai – aimed at young people has been launched by the Privacy Commissioner. To read more about and watch this video click here.
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Sonnet 18 – which starts with the line, “Shall I compare thee to a Summers day” and is perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare’s sonnets – has been translated into te reo Māori. It will be unveiled at Shakespeare’s Globe in London on 19 August 2009 as part of its Compleate Workes 2009, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
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The CAB Language Link is a branch of the New Zealand Association of Citizens Advice Bureau. It provides free, confidential information, support, advice, advocacy and interpreting services for migrants and refugees in 26 languages. This service ensures language need not be a barrier to people who lack confidence or skills in the English language, or for those who are seeking assistance with their settlement into a new country.
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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities available in NZSL

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities available in NZSL

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been translated into New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). New Zealand is only the second country in the world to translate the Convention into its own sign language. You can download video to view the translated articles of the convention – in either a summary or full form – on the website of the Office for Disability Issues.

Samoan Language Week partners – F.A.G.A.S.A Inc., the Human Rights Commission, the National Samoan Advisory Council in Aotearoa, Tagata Pasifika, the Pacific Media Network, and Va’aomanū Pasifika – held a debrief session on Thursday 23 July to discuss ways to continue and improve the week for the future.
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From 4-7 July, German teachers from all over New Zealand gathered at the Goethe-Institut in Wellington for their biennial conference. The conference took on an international dimension, with the inclusion of Samoa, where German is being offered at primary and post primary levels as part of a pilot project, with the aim of establishing a ‘Partner School’ in the Pacific.
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The Applied Linguistics Associations of New Zealand and Australia (ALANZ and ALAA) are pleased to announce that their first combined conference will be held in Auckland from 2-4 December 2009 at AUT University. The theme of the conference is Participation and acquisition: Exploring these metaphors in Applied Linguistics.
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The Ministry of Health has responded to the Race Relations Commissioner’s enquiries about Influenza A (H1N1) information in community languages. The Ministry has advised that now that the focus has changed from containment to management of the outbreak, ‘producing supporting material in different languages is part of our planning’.


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The second Critiquing Pasifika Education @ the University Conference took place from July 1-3 at AUT University in Auckland. The conference theme was ‘Endangered Languages and Cultures: What can WE do?’ The theme was drawn from the challenges and issues of language and cultural loss in Aotearoa New Zealand faced by migrants and their descendants from the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau (citizens of New Zealand), Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.


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An innovative bilingual website that aims to reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness in New Zealand’s Chinese community has been launched. It is thought to be the first project in a Western country to use culturally appropriate approaches to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness in Chinese communities.


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Māori Language Week is at the end of July and NiE have published four great resources over four different levels.


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Key sections of the Human Rights Commission’s website are now available in NZSL sign video, produced by Handmade Productions Aotearoa.
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2009 marked the 10th anniversary of Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School’s First Voice: A Celebration of Writing by International Students initiative, which is a ‘celebration of students from non-English speaking backgrounds’. This initiative recognises the pupils’ bilingual abilities, their identities and their stories.


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The Samoan Language Week partners will be having a debrief session on Thursday July 23 to discuss ways to continue and improve the week for the future .


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English Language Partners Wellington are holding a Chocolate Appreciation Fundraising Evening with Jo Coffey from ‘L’Affaire au Chocolat’ on Friday July 31.


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The Wellington Regional Samoan Speech Competition is organised by F.A.G.A.S.A Inc for children in Years 7-13 / Tauvaga Tautalaga Fa’a-itumalo a Ueligitone, and will be held on Thursday August 13, 2009 at the Horticultural Hall, Laings Road, Lower Hutt from 8.00am – 4.00pm.


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A Russian festival and musical will be held at Raumati South Memorial Hall on August 15. This festival is a fundraising event created to support the Kolobok Russian language school for children at Raumati, which opened its doors in December 2008.


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New Zealand Diversity Forum 2009

The annual New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held in Wellington from August 23-24 2009. There will be a special focus this year on Asian communities in New Zealand after two decades of exponential growth. Forum workshops that will be of particular interest to language practitioners include those on Māori Language Strategy, Pacific Language Strategy, Asian Language Strategy, and Interpreting Strategy. For more information see the Diversity Forum page on the Commission’s website.

  • July 20: Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) will hold its Annual General Meeting (Wellington)
  • July 22- August 10: School of Linguistics and Applied Languages (LALS) series of lectures and workshops (Wellington)
  • July 31: New Zealand Chinese-language essay competition 2009 deadline (Confucius Institute)
  • December 2- 4: First combined conference of Applied Linguistics Associations of New Zealand and Australia (ALANZ and ALAA) (Auckland)


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The theme for Māori Language Week 2009 (July 27 – August 2 2009) is Te Reo i te Hapori – Māori Language in the Community. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Chief Executive Huahana Rokx says that “Promoting language in the community is [our] priority … we are in constant dialogue with iwi across the country to ascertain what the priorities might be for encouraging and developing regional dialects and the resurgence of iwi specific histories, cultures and protocols through the language. It is through these efforts that the language will endure”. She also notes that “the language is still in a perilous state”, as “concerted efforts to revitalise the language have only been in train for the last thirty years”.


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Four forums at the New Zealand Diversity Forum in August will focus on language issues. They cover the new Māori Language Strategy, the proposed Pacific Languages Strategy, the status of Asian languages in New Zealand, and Providing Interpreting Services.


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In the lead-up to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week, the Race Relations Commissioner has challenged local and central government agencies to extend languages provision on their websites, and has recently met with officials responsible for the government domain to discuss the issue. In his view, a minimum standard should be that central and local government websites have their name in Māori, a link on their home page to Māori content, and basic information on their organisation and services in Māori.


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  • The Confucius Institute and Chinese Language Foundation’s New Zealand Principals’ delegation to China (applications close June 26).
  • The 2nd Critiquing Pasifika Education @ the University conference July 1 – 3.
  • The Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ) Annual Conference and AGM July 3 – 5.
  • The New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters’ annual conference July 11-12.
  • The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) Annual General Meeting July 20.
  • The New Zealand Chinese-language essay competition 2009 (deadline July 31).
  • The Applied Linguistics Associations of New Zealand and of Australia first combined conference (deadlines for abstracts July 31).


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This year’s Samoan Speech Contest, organised by F.A.G.A.S.A Inc for children in Years 7-13, will be held on 10 September at the Lower Hutt Town Hall.


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The 2009 Budget contained significant changes to the funding of Adult and Community Education (ACE), which includes language classes.


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The theme for Māori Language Week 2009 (27 July – 2 August 2009) is Te Reo i te Hapori – Māori Language in the Community.


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As the World Health Organisation has declared an influenza pandemic, the Race Relations Commissioner has written to the Ministry of Health to encourage them to provide translations on their website of their questions and answers brochure on Influenza A (H1N1).


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$4.5 million has been allocated to whānau language development over 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 for the retention and revitalisation of Māori language and culture. An extra $1.2 million has also been allocated to iwi radio.


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Samoan Language Week, which took place in May, raised its profile this year by expanding into the wider community, lifting both the national profile of the Samoan community and of the Samoan language.


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One hundred and eighty guests from the Tokelau community and education sector joined the Minister of Education, Hon Anne Tolley, to celebrate the launch of Gagana Tokelau: The Tokelau Language Guidelines on Thursday 28 May 2009 at The Brierley Theatre, Wellington College.


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The first stage of “The Māori Legal Project – the Legal Māori Archive” was launched on 8 June 2009 and is the initial step towards producing New Zealand’s first Legal Māori Dictionary.


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New Testament for Tokelau

The first Christian scriptures to be published in the Tokelau language were launched at a church service in Porirua on 23 May 2009. It has taken 13 years to translate the New Testament into Tokelauan, which is one of the few written documents in that language.


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Te Puni Kōkiri has just completed a series of reports on the health of te reo Māori. The series is made up of 13 reports that all report on the health of the Māori language in 2006.


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An independent review of the effectiveness of the Māori Television Service (MTS) Act has come up with recommendations relating to the Māori language and culture, broadcasting platforms and the provision of high-quality, cost effective services.


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A global alliance of indigenous television broadcasters is launching two major initiatives for its members: an international indigenous current affairs series and a programme exchange scheme.


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The Wellington Hindi School is a non-profit organisation offering children and adults an opportunit