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Fijian Language Week 2022

Fijian Language Week 2022

Fijian Language Week 2022 acknowledgement by Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio

Celebrate: Sunday 2 October – Saturday 8 October

This year’s theme for Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week is Me vakabulabulataki, vakamareqeti, ka vakaqaqacotaki na vosa vakaviti, which means, Nurture, Preserve and Sustain the Fijian language

The theme is aligned to the overall concept of the 2022 Pacific Language Weeks overarching topic of sustainability and the launch of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous languages; and the Pacific Languages Strategy.

As a diaspora population, our language, culture and identity is more important now, than ever before. Our role as a community is to be united in nurturing our language through recognising the value of our Fijian language across NZ by collaborating with key stakeholders and with each other; 

  • Strengthen pathways and resources for the learning of the Vosa Vakaviti, and learning in the language; (preserve)
  • Create environments where Vosa Vakaviti is used more often, and in more spaces. (sustain) 

As supported by the overarching purpose of Tobuvure ni Vosa (Pacific Languages Strategy), the continuous use of our language  reflects the depths of our culture and the strength it brings in connecting communities over generations through its use, and sustainability.

Activities and events will be hosted throughout Aotearoa, to embrace Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week. Bookmark this page to see the Calendar of Events when published.

Connect online by visiting the official NZ Fijian Language Week Facebook page.

Fijian Language Week resources

Enjoy all the words and phrases of the day from Fijian Language Week 2022 - Vosa Vakaviti.

Fijian Language Week Email signature - 700x100 px (PNG) - [Download]

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Official Posters:

  • A4 Fijian Language Week Official poster [Download] (PDF) 
  • A3 Fijian Language Week Official poster [Download] (PDF) 

Blank Template Posters:

  • Blue A4 Fijian blank poster template with theme  [Download] (PDF) 
  • White A4 Fijian blank poster template with theme [Download] (PDF) 

Fijian Language Card - 6 pages, 180kb (PDF) - [Download]

Fijian Language Week Theme 2022 - Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti (MP3) Download

Simple Greetings and Phrases:

Good morning -  Yadra vinaka (MP3) Download

Hello - Bula vinaka (MP3) Download

Thank you - Vinaka (MP3) Download

Goodbye - Moce mada (MP3) Download

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Instagram Story Tile

One file containing all resources, including: 

  • Email signature
  • Desktop wallpaper
  • Posters
  • Web banners
  • Social media content
  • Language card

(6 MB Zip file) - [Download]

Calendar of Events

 Event  Venue & Time  Host
Lotulevu 6 Okotova
Fijian Youth Night: Talanoa Session
Suicide: Break the silence. Talk about it. Save a Life. 
7 pm
Centre Park, Robertson Road, Mangere
 
Vakarauwai 8 Okotova
RWC 2022 – Fiji Village
Event supporting the Fiji Team competing in the RWC. 
1 pm
Eden Rugby Club
Fiji Rugby, Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021
Vakarauwai 15 Okotova
Fiji Day Festival 2022 9 am - 5 pm
Mangere Centre Park, 101 Robertson Road, Mangere, Auckland
Marist Brothers High School Old Boys NZ
 Event  Venue & Time  Host
Siga tabu 2 Okotova
Combined community church service to launch language week St Johns Methodist Church, 20 Wellington Street, Hamilton Fiji Society in Hamilton
Moniti 3 Okotova
Qito Ni Viti nodra na lalai 10 am - 3 pm
37 Oxford Street, Hamilton
Fiji Society in Hamilton
Tusiti 4 Okotova
Na vuli vakasasaqa vaka viti.
I vakaraitaki ni Sevusevu.
Na vakamacala ni ibe vaka viti
10 am - 3 pm
37 Oxford Street, Hamilton
Fiji Society in Hamilton
Vukelulu 5 Okotova
Sara yaloyalo: Viti Makawa.
Qito ni kila nomu vosa.
10 am - 3 pm
37 Oxford Street, Hamilton
Fiji Society in Hamilton
Lotulevu 6 Okotova
Vakaraitaki ni yau vaka viti.
Veitau Vakasakiti.
10 am - 3 pm
37 Oxford Street, Hamilton
Fiji Society in Hamilton
Vakaraubuka 7 Okotova
Na Viti Dua Concert

Me da mai marautaka vata kei ira na luveda na macawa ni vosa vaka Viti.
Guest speaker: Dr. Paula Geraghty
6 - 9 pm
St Johns Methodist Church, 20 Wellington Street, Hamilton
Fiji Society in Hamilton
 Event  Venue & Time  Host
Siga tabu 2 Okotova
Flag Raising Ceremony 3:15 pm
Hastings District Council, Hastings
Hawkes Bay Fijian Community
 Event  Venue & Time  Host
Moniti 3 Okotova
Conversational Fijian Language classes 6 pm
Taranaki Methodist Church Hall
Taranaki Fijian Community
Tusiti 4 Okotova
Learning about traditional Fijian ceremonies/protocols from our elders 6 pm
Taranaki Methodist Church Hall
Taranaki Fijian Community
Vukelulu 5 Okotova
Learning through songs and dances led by Kubana Confederacy 6 pm
Taranaki Methodist Church Hall
Taranaki Fijian Community
Lotulevu 6 Okotova
Learning through Arts and Crafts led by Burebasaga confederacy 6 pm
Taranaki Methodist Church Hall
Taranaki Fijian Community
Vakaraubuka 7 Okotova
Learning through traditional food preparation and desserts. Our Tovata confederacy members will showcase various ways of preparing foods in the Fijian traditional way. 6 pm
Taranaki Methodist Church Hall
Taranaki Fijian Community
Event Time Venue/Host
Vakarauwai 1 Okotova
Launch of 2022 Fijian Language Week  Digital launch New Plymouth Fiji Community
Siga tabu 2 Okotova

Lotu Cokovata Vakaviti

Combined church service to celebrate the beginning of Fijian Language Week.
E kerei meda kau coi ni ti yani meda na lai gunuti vata ni sa suka na lotu. E kerei meda kau coi ni ti yani meda na lai gunuti vata ni sa suka na lotu. 

3.30 pm Salvation Army Church, 89 Warspite Ave, Cannons Creek, Porirua. 
Moniti 3 Okotova
Vakarewa Kuila 

Flag raising ceremony. 
Followed by a shared morning tea.

8 am Te Rauparaha Park Memorial site, Lyttleton Avenue, Porirua
Vakarewa Kuila 

Flag raising ceremony
Followed by a shared morning tea.

9 am Whitireia Admin Block, Porirua
Vakarewa Kuila 

Flag raising ceremony

9.30 am National Library
Children's Programme
  • Basic facts
  • Introductions
  • Talanoa
10 am - 12 pm Stokes Valley Hub & Library
Tusiti 4 Okotova
Vuli Vosa Vakaviti
Wellington Fijian Language Class
9 am - 5.30 pm Newlands Community Centre
Vuli Vosa Vakaviti
Community Workshop - Holiday program for kids (primary to intermediate)
  • Basic Fijian language learning
  • Games
  • Arts: Weaving
12 - 3 pm Newlands Community Centre
Vuli Vosa Vakaviti
Fijian Arts Children's Programme
  • Kesakesa – masi/tapa printing on paper, cloth and war-club (wau)
  • Meke/dance practice
2 - 4 pm Stokes Valley Hub & Library
Vukelulu 5 Okotova
Vuli Vosa Vakaviti
Wellington Fijian Language Class
9 am - 5.30 pm Newlands Community Centre
Pataka Museum Vakaviti Workshop 11 am - 12 pm Pataka, Porirua
Vuli Vosa Vakaviti
Community Workshop - Holiday program for kids (primary to intermediate)
  • Fijian Cultural Awareness
  • Games
  • Art: Kesakesa - masi/tapa printing
1.30 - 3 pm Newlands Community Centre
Vuli Vosa Vakaviti
Fijian Arts Children's Programme
  • Kesakesa – masi printing
  • Weaving
  • Meke/dance practice
2 - 4 pm Stokes Valley Hub & Library

Talanoa - Fijian Women's Health

  • Presentation: Ignorance is NOT bliss!
    Health risks: Diabetes and Hypertension
    Mrs Agnes Vucago
  • Panel: Fijian Women's Health Champions
    Rich sharing of health journeys, challenges and experiences.

For more info:
Contact Mrs Jocelyn Kua 021 1110 790 or Shelly Rao 027 558 8359

6 - 8 pm Pataka Museum - Helen Smith Room
Cnr Parumoana & Norrie Streets
Porirua
Lotulevu 6 Okotova
Talanoa Ako
Importance of Fijian Language & Identity in Learning.
Refreshments will be provided following the session.
10.30 am - 1 pm Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville
Kids' Program
  • Fijian Food preparation
  • Meke/dance practice
10 am - 12 pm Stokes Valley Hub & Library
Bogi ni tabagone: Na tarakoro
Refreshment to be provided by Talanoa Ako
6 - 8:30 pm Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville
Vakaraubuka 7 Okotova
Veitalanoa ni ulutaga ni tabagone
  • Meke performance
  • Show/Display - Costumes and artefacts
  • Prize presentation
10 am - 12 pm Stokes Valley Hub & Library
Vakarauwai 8 Okotova
Sota kei na qito vakavanua
  • Sota Vakavanua
  • Qito Vakavanua 
 11 am  TBC

Wellington Fijian Community Sport Day
11.00am - Welcome lotu
11.10am - Warm up
11.30am - Egg and spoon race
11.45am - Ball relay games
12.30am - Sack race
1.00pm - Lunch
1.30pm - Biscuit eating race
1.45pm - Butako sui
2.00pm - Tug of war
2.30pm - Touch and volleyball
3.30pm - Warm down and stretch
3.45pm - Lotu
4.00pm - Clean up

10.30am onwards Wellington Axeman Clubrooms
Hataitai Park
37 Ruahine Street, Hataitai
Fiji Day Celebration
Please note this event is for adults 18 years plus.
$25 per person. Includes finger food, chicken, pork, dalo, salad, drinks.
Contact for tickets: Sereana Phillipps, Ph: 021 268 2958
6 pm - 11.30 pm MSP College, Kilbirnie
Siga tabu 9 Okotova

Lotu cokovata vakaviti kei na cabori ni vakavinavinaka
Combined Thanks giving church service for Fiji Day and to mark the end of Fijian Language Week.

E kerei meda kau coi ni ti yani meda na lai gunuti vata ni sa suka na lotu.

3.30 pm Salvation Army Church, 32 Kings Crescent, Lower Hut
 Event  Venue & Time  Host
Siga tabu 2 Okotova
Dolavi vaka Lotu Macawa ni Vuli Vosa Vaka Viti 

Faith and the Church plays a central role in the lives of the Fijian People, and it has also become a centre for social life for Fijians in NZ. 

Dr. Paula Geraghty

3 pm
St. John Moraia Fijian Parish Hall
49 Bryndwr Road, Christchurch
Canterbury Fiji Community
Moniti 3 Okotova
Children’s Day Workshop – Cultural Activity 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Paula Geraghty

1 - 3 pm
St. John Moraia Fijian Parish Hall
49 Bryndwr Road, Christchurch
Canterbury Fiji Community
Tusiti 4 Okotova
A session with Paul Gerathy

Veitalanoa kei Vulagi dokai
Vakamacalataki ira na gone kei na nodra Yasana - Importance of our language
Vakamacala ko vulagi e na bibi ni noda vosa
Talanoa kei na Vuli
1 - 3 pm
St. John Moraia Fijian Parish Hall
49 Bryndwr Road, Christchurch
Canterbury Fiji Community
Vukelulu 5 Okotova
Vuli meke
Talanoa kei na Vuli
1 - 3 pm, 6 - 8 pm
St. John Moraia Fijian Parish Hall
49 Bryndwr Road, Christchurch
Canterbury Fiji Community
Lotulevu 6 Okotova
Significant items in our culture

Me vakamacalataka o vulagi e 2 se 3 na noda i yau na i Taukei me ra vulica ka kila vinaka na gone. Me vakamacalataka o vulagi e 2 se 3 na noda i yau na i Taukei me ra vulica ka kila vinaka na gone.
1 - 3 pm, 6 - 8 pm
St. John Moraia Fijian Parish Hall
49 Bryndwr Road, Christchurch
Canterbury Fiji Community
Vakaraubuka 7 Okotova
Vuli Meke

Vulici tale e so na meke me ra qai cava e na Vakarauwai.
Tovo kei na Vosavosa vakaviti
1 - 3 pm, 6 - 8 pm
St. John Moraia Fijian Parish Hall
49 Bryndwr Road, Christchurch
Canterbury Fiji Community
Vakarauwai 8 Okotova
Family Fun Day and Fiji Day Celebration Sports Day

Focus on Ira na Luvei Viti e Niusiladi me ra maroroya, taqomaka ka mareqata na veika eda kilai tani kina sai koya na noda vosa kei na noda I tovo”. Fijian Children in NZ are to be taught to hold and cherish our Language and our Culture. 
All-day event.
Venue TBC
Canterbury Fiji Community

Fijian Language Week Funding Recipients

Below are recipients of funding for community contributions towards Fijian Language Week preparations in 2021:

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

‘I Taukei kei Viti Education Aotearoa’ in association with ‘Fijian Media Network Aotearoa’

Auckland

3,500.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling and dance

Canterbury Fiji Community Incorporated

Christchurch

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poem, cooking and dance

Dunedin Fijian Community & Otago Fijian students association

Dunedin

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, dance and develope language learning online resources

Fiji Marist Old Boys Association

Auckland

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poem, cooking and dance

Fiji Society in Hamilton

Hamilton

13,600.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, cooking and dance

Hawkes Bay Fijian Community

Hastings

1,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural performances and activities

New Zealand Fiji Rugby League Incorporated 

Auckland

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices and church resources

Pukekohe Fijian Methodist Congregation

Auckland

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Developed language learning online resources

Rotorua Fijian Association

Rotorua

5,100.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poem, and dance

Soqosoqo ni Ca'audrove Waikato

Hamilton

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices and dance

Vaka-viti Otautahi

Auckland

2,888.35

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning classes for beginners

Veilomani Selwyn Fijian Community

Christchurch

4,790.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural performances and activities

Victoria University Pasifika Student Council

Wellington

995.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, poems, arts and craft, dance and music

Waitaki Fijian Community

Oamaru

5,000.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, poem, cooking and dance

Wellington Fijian Language Week Komiti 2021/Komiti Ni
Macawa Ni Vosa Vakaviti 2021

Wellington

8,980.00

Vosa vaka-Viti

Promoting awareness of language event

 

Fijian Language Champion Honours 2021

The Language Champion Honours is a new initiative which has been introduced as part of the Pacific Language Weeks series 2021.

The Daunivosa Vakaviti Awards recognise our language advocates from the Fijian community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Vosa Vakaviti in Aotearoa.

Recipients:

Marama (Female) award - Esther Nagera

Turaga (Male) award - Peni Seru

Matua (Elder) award - Joseph Davis

Youth Gone award - Selai Rakulu and Lita Momo

Matua Youth award – Adi Losalini Radininatewa Vakalalabure

Vanua award - Waikato University Fijian Students Association (WUFSA)