Dates for Pacific Language Weeks 2022 have now been announced. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Pacific Language Weeks will be celebrated online in 2022.
Pacific languages are a key cornerstone for the health and wellbeing of Pacific people. History shows us that a loss of language leads to a loss of culture and identity.
Language Week celebrations had their origins in Samoa in 2007 with Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa, founded by Fa’alapotopotoga mo le A’oa’oina o le Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa (FAGASA). In 2009, the Human Rights Commission came on board to support the communities and the concept of Pacific Language Weeks was born.
Since 2010, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples has been supporting Pacific Language Weeks, promoting and raising awareness of the diversity of our Pacific languages in Aotearoa. Each year, the Ministry works closely with Pacific communities’ to maintain and promote indigenous languages across the country, encouraging their use in our daily lives to help them thrive.
While each language is highlighted with a dedicated ‘week’ of activities, each event is actually a yearlong celebration of the languages, with extended activities throughout the year. These activities and language learning initiatives are led by our Pacific communities throughout Aotearoa and supported by the Ministry.
The overarching theme for the 2022 Pacific Language Weeks is sustainability, which aligns with our Pacific Languages Strategy and feeds into the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages to sustain and revitalise heritage languages.
Please join in with our online celebrations throughout the year and share our content to help keep our Pacific languages, cultures and identities thriving in Aotearoa. Bookmark this page for more details of activities, download our shareable resources and help spread the word.
We've collated a range of free eye-catching resources for you to download and help promote Pacific Language Weeks 2022.