Vagahau Niue Week

HRC UDHR Niuean final web 2 250x176 Vagahau Niue WeekThe Vagahau Niue Trust celebrates Vagahau Niue Week from 6 – 13 October 2012. The theme of the Inaugural Vagahau Niue Week is, “Fakafiafiaaga ma e Vagahau Niue” or “the celebration of Vagahau Niue”.

The goal of the week is, “Ke fakamau, fakamanatu mo e fakaaoga tumau e Vagahau Niue”, that is, “the maintenance, retention and development of Vagahau Niue (Niue language).” It serves as a national platform for raising the critical demise of Vagahau Niue. It aims to ensure Vagahau Niue speakers use, maintain, retain and develop Vagahau Niue within families, communities and households.

The Vagahau Niue Trust celebrates the week in collaboration with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (MPIA) and other major stakeholders: Manukau Institute of Technology; Auckland Museum, The Domain; Radio531pi; Te Papa Museum; Favona Primary School; Human Rights Commission; Unitec Pasifika Student Recruitment.

Special events will be featured across the motu and week:

  • the blessing of the ATPL PULAPULAOLA CENTRE
  • the launching of four Vagahau Niue-Vagahau Papaa’alagi books preschool and primary school children, produced with the support of MPIA
  • an Inaugural Poetry Evening
  • a fashion show
  • a range of other attractions.

Niue peoples are the fourth largest Pacific community living in Aotearoa New Zealand, comprising 22,473 or eight percent of the Pacific population. Most Niue peoples in the world (74 percent) were born in New Zealand; and most live in the Auckland region. In 2006, 25 percent of the Niue population living in New Zealand were able to hold an everyday conversation in Vagahau Niue; however, 11 percent of the New Zealand-born Niue population are able to speak Vagahau Niue.

To learn introductory Vagahau Niue, visit www.learnniue.co.nzor for more information, contact vagahauniuetrust@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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