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Fiji Language Week

Fiji Language Week runs from Sunday 8 October – Sunday 14 October this year and provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate Fijian culture and help to ensure the survival of the Fijian language.

Fiji Language Week provides an opportunity to celebrate through music, song, dance, food, crafts and language.on top of that it supports the curriculum principles of cultural diversity and inclusion, and provides an opportunity for students to:

  • demonstrate the vision of connection to a global community
  • explore the values of diversity, community, and respect
  • achieve learning outcomes described in the learning languages area
  • make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols, and texts, and relating to others.

The number of people in New Zealand identifying as Fijian in the 2013 Census was 14,445, an increase of 46.5 per cent on the number in the previous Census. Nearly 40 per cent of them were born in New Zealand.


Fiji Language Week Theme

This year's theme will be updated as it is set.

The theme for 2016 was theme is Noqu vosa, me’u bula taka – My language, learn it, speak it, live it!

Fiji Language Week Events

There are a range of events taking place across New Zealand to promote the importance of the Fijian language and culture to Aotearoa. These include church, school, and community events, library sessions, heritage art collections on display, launches, radio dialogue, and workplace gatherings.

Please contact the regional offices of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs if you would like a copy of the national calendar of events or e-versions of the two promotional language posters.

Fiji Language Week Resources

The Pasifika Education Centre has a wide array of activities and resources to help you celebrate Fiji Language Week. Once such resource is their Fijian Tip Sheet on a Fijian Warrior Wedding

Effective teaching for Pasifika students – Language. This film shows the benefits of valuing and sharing the languages that Pasifika students bring with them into the classroom. 

For more information please visit the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs website.