Vagahau Niue Language Week

The Vagahau Niue Trust celebrates Vagahau Niue Week from Sunday 15 October – Saturday 21 October  2017.

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.

Vagahau Niue Language Week Theme

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

The theme for 2016 was: 

Ponataki, Tukutaula ke Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue

Bind, Anchor to Firmly Uphold the Vagahau Niue.

The theme of the Inaugural Vagahau Niue Week was, “Fakafiafiaaga ma e Vagahau Niue” or “the celebration of Vagahau Niue”.

Vagahau Niue Language Week Events

To learn introductory Vagahau Niue, visit www.learnniue.co.nz for more information, contact [email protected].

Vagahau Niue Language Week Resources

Visit the Vagahau Niue Trust website for the latest language week resources. 

View some useful Vagahau Niue words and phrases here.

More information about Vagahau Niue

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.