Reviving the Tokelauan language

posted: 10:00 am - 20th October 2018
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Reviving the Tokelauan language is the theme of Tokelau Language Week 2018, Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau, which runs from October 21-27.

Tokelau Language Week is the final of seven Pacific language weeks, supported by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) to be celebrated this year.

At the time of the 2013 Census, there were nearly 7,200 Tokelauans living in New Zealand – five times the number that reside in Tokelau.

Tokelauans make up about 2.4 percent of Aotearoa’s Pacific population.

The theme of this year’s Tokelau Language week is – E kukutia te tiugā lakia. E kukulima kae ala tahi, which translates to – Gather together the flock of birds. Hold hands and go forward in one direction.

More information about Tokelau Language Week, including events, activities and an educational resource with pronunciation and activity guides, songs and cultural information is available at MPP.