Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau: Tokelau Language Week

The inaugural Tokelau Language Week starts on 29 October through to 4 November. The theme for this event is Ke mau ki pale o Tokelau: Hold fast to the treasures of Tokelau. This reflects the paramount importance that we promote and protect the Tokelau language as a treasure of Tokelau-New Zealand. It is our responsibility as Tokelau communities, leaders, churches, families, young parents and children to speak and use our language in our everyday lives.Tokelau Language Week logo 250x44 Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau: Tokelau Language Week

The 2006 Census reported that the Tokelau language is one of the most-at-risk Pacific languages in New Zealand with Niue and the Cook Islands. With a population consisting of 6,819 people only 2,505 Tokelau people were able to hold a conversation in the language which means that 4,314 Tokelau people cannot speak their heritage language.

The Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group celebrates the Tokelau Language Week with the endorsement of Tokelau communities in Porirua, Hutt Valley, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Manawatu, and Dunedin. This includes village, regional, and church based organisations. The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has played a critical role in supporting Tokelau to establish this language week with the Human Rights Commission as key agency stakeholders.

The week will be launched on the Te Vagana Tokelau (Niu FM/531pi) national radio programme on Sunday 28 October 2012 (4.00pm – 5.30pm) with the official community events commencing on Monday 29 October 2012 and ending Sunday 4 November 2012.

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To access introductory Tokelau language and information, visit the Tau Gagana Tokelau website. For a list of events and updates visit the Tokelau Language Week Facebook page.

 For any further queries contact the Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group on tokelau.wgtn.leaders@gmail.com.

Press Release Tokelau Language Week 2012

Tokelau Language Week Activities 2012

Simple Tokelau Phrases-Words list 2012

 Tokelauan translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (double-sided poster)








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