Tokelau Language Week

The second annual Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau: Tokelau Language Week starts on Sunday 29 October – Saturday 4 November .

This language week helps to celebrate our strong links to the island of Tokelau and the rich contribution that it's people make to New Zealand’s culture.

Tokelau Language Week Theme

The theme for 2017 will be updated as soon as it is set. 

The theme for 2016 Tokelau Language Week was ‘Pokotau ki au kapuga – Ke mau mai tau foe’, which translates as ‘Challenge the size of the swirl made by your paddle’. This encourages Tokelauan families to take every opportunity available to learn, teach and hold on to their language, culture and identity

The theme for 2014's Tokelau Language Week was 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 Events

For a list of events and updates visit the Tokelau Language Week Facebook page.

Tokelau Language Week Resources

To access introductory Tokelau language and information, visit the Tau Gagana Tokelau website

More information

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.