Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa – Samoan Language Week: Sunday 25 – Saturday 31 May

“Taofi mau i au measina: Hold fast to your treasures”

Samoan Language Week 1 Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa   Samoan Language Week: Sunday 25 – Saturday 31 May   “Taofi mau i au measina: Hold fast to your treasures” is the 2014 theme for Samoan Language Week. It’s a time to celebrate the rich texture of the Samoan language, Gagana Samoa, and culture through events and celebrations happening throughout the country. The Samoan language is one of the most commonly spoken languages in New Zealand. With almost 10,000 likes, the Samoan Language Week Facebook page in incredibly active,  which allows the week to be celebrated globally including in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, as well as other  Samoan communities worldwide. 392537 418369711528533 731607452 n Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa   Samoan Language Week: Sunday 25 – Saturday 31 May Samoan Language Week was first promoted by Radio Niu FM as part of a series of Pacific language weeks leading up to Māori Language Week. Since 2007 it has been promoted in schools by the Association for the Teaching of Samoa in Aotearoa, FAGASA Inc , Faalapotopotonga mo le Aoaoina o le Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa (FAGASA). From 2009 FAGASA and the Human Rights Commission have partnered with other organisations to extend the week to the wider New Zealand community. The aims of Samoa Language Week 2014 ‘Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa’ are to:

  1. Speak your language: use the language, at home, at work, everywhere
  2. Celebrate the Samoan language and culture in New Zealand and globally
  3. Promote the teaching and learning of the Samoan language
  4. Raise awareness of the Samoan language as one of the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand
  5. Promote the use of the Samoan language in every environment respecting each other’s situation
  6. Promote initiatives to maintain and grow the recognition, learning and use of the Samoan language in the home, in education, at work, in government, in the media, in sport, in the arts, in the church and in the community.

Samoa Language week partners for 2014 include FAGASA, the Human Rights Commission, the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Pasifika Education Centre Trust, Auckland City Libraries, Pacific Media Network,  the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and many other community partners listed on the Samoa Language Week’s Facebook page . Join in the events and celebrations near you. 600665 572977106067792 437161692 n Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa   Samoan Language Week: Sunday 25 – Saturday 31 May

Families, early childhood centres, schools and tertiary education institutions, government departments, city councils, libraries, employers and unions, media, churches and community groups are all encouraged to undertake activities in support of Samoan Language Week.

You are invited to register your activity by emailing nzdiversity@hrc.co.nz so that it can be published on the website and promoted as part of the week’s activities.

The Human Rights Commission and FAGASA Inc and its partners coordinate events and activities via the NZ Diversity Action Programme Samoan Language Week website and the Samoan Language Week Facebook page

We acknowledge the continuing support by many community leaders and partners promoting le Gagana Sāmoa.

Samoan Language Week participants and events

Alagā’oa – Resources

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