Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
Minister for Pacific Peoples
13 October 2014
Minister welcomes Niuean Language Week
Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is encouraging New Zealanders to celebrate and participate in this
week’s Niuean Language Week.
The theme this year is Fakaako, Fakaaoga, Fakamau ki a Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue: Learn, Use, Retain, Maintain our Language Vagahau Niue.
“This week is about finding opportunities to maintain and grow the recognition, learning and use of the Niuean language
in our homes, work places and communities,” Mr Lotu-liga says.
“We have a small but passionate community of nearly 24,000 Niuean’s in New Zealand. They recognise and understand the
importance of safeguarding the Niuean language and culture for future generations.”
“New Zealand is also blessed with the talents of many famous Niueans such as John Pule, international artist, poet and
writer, and rugby figures such as Frank Bunce and Piri Weepu.”
Niuean Language Week runs from 13 to 19 October. A range of events will take place around the country involving
traditional performances, language programmes and cultural cuisine.
“Celebrating and sharing our cultural identity is essential for the wellbeing of our children, families and the wider
community. There is an exciting program of events throughout the week. I encourage all New Zealanders to take part,” Mr
For more information on Niuean Language Week please visit:www.mpia.govt.nz