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Rotuman Language Week 2021

Rotuman Language Week 2021

Sunday 9 May - Saturday 15 May

This year’s theme for Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week is Tutur häk ne måür lelei – the four pillars of life and wellbeing:

  1. Måür Fak'ata (spiritual - a place of solace that gives meaning to life)
  2. Måür Fakforo (physical - living life in all its fullness)
  3. 'Os A'häe (psychological - steers our presence and place in life)
  4. Hạikạinagaga (social - our connection with people)

The traditional Rī Fak Rotuam is a Rotuman thatched shelter or house which needs four strong pillars to hold the entire house together, just like the four pillars for our wellbeing.

The theme acknowledges and celebrates the strength and resilience of our Pacific communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities and events will be held through Aotearoa to showcase the richness of the Rotuman language, culture and traditions. More details about events will be shared soon.

Some activities and events will also be available online on the official NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page.

Check out our Rotuman Language Week resources


Events marked with an asterisk* will be streamed live on the official NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page.

Rotuman Language Week Launch

8.00am - Mothers Day Pink Ribbon Breakfast - Harmimia ‘Amah ‘Ne Haihanisiga
Venue: Kingsland Rotuman Methodist Congregation Hall, Auckland.

10.00am - Combined Church Service led by Mothers
Venue: Kingsland Rotuman Methodist Congregation Hall, Auckland.

1:00pm - Exclusive Viewing of the Rotuman Collections at Auckland Museum
To register email [email protected]
Venue: Auckland Museum

2:00pm - Opening Ceremony*
To register email [email protected]
Venue: Auckland Museum
This will be streamed online also.

6:00pm - Rotuman Language Week Theme Song Launch*

10.00am - Hanuju (Story Telling) by Tupou Mafileo
Venue: Mangere Town Centre Library, Auckland.

12:00pm - Rotuman Alphabet Song led by Mairani Group*

2:00pm - Mara ma ‘a’ana Fekei*
Rotuman Traditional Taro Dessert led by Mairani Group. 

6:00pm - Hanuju (Story Telling): Kirkir sāsā*
The mother with a tattooed armpit led by Sopapelu Samisoni.

7:00pm - Kainaga Gardening & Water Pledge Project*
Led by Kainaga Fitness Health Group members Leona Chute, Mosese Rigamoto, Konrote Tonu and Sopapelu Samisoni.

9:00am Ruemba*
When Rotuman’s do Zumba. It’s exciting, energetic, flavoursome and colourfu. Led by Ricco Panapasa a qualified Zumba Instructor with support from the NZRF Wellington Community.

11.00am - Elderly Day Showcase Arts and Craft Display
Venue: Avondale Library, Auckland.

11.00am - Ōtara Kai Village Rotuman songs and arts display for whānau and community
Venue: Ōtara Town Centre, Auckland.

1:00pm - Healthy Cooking with Kainaga & Childrens Fruits & Vege Segment*
Join Elon Sokra’a and Josie Parker in a fun cooking segment. The Children of Kainaga will also be introducing fruits and vegetables in the Rotuman Language.

6:00pm to 9:00pm Rotuma Te ‘is ‘otomis Haharagi - Fara Workshop at the University of Auckland
To register email [email protected]
Rotuman Youth of New Zealand (RYNZ) and the University of Auckland’s Fijian Students Association (UAFISA) share the protocols of a Fara, teach songs and do a short Fara. 
Venue: Level 3 C-Space at the University of Auckland.

7:00pm - Rogrog ui ragi (Red-table talk)*
Canterbury Rotuman Community Youth discuss switching to a plant-based diet and whether you can you be a vegetarian and an athlete too.

1:00pm - Terän ‘esea ta (One Day at a Time)*
Rotuman Song Led by members of the Rotuman Wesleyan Church.

3:00pm - Christchurch Rotuman Mini Sports Day
Led by the Canterbury Rotuman Community.

6:00pm - Hanuju (Story Telling)*

7:00pm - Creating and Finding Community in the Diaspora*
Join our young Rotuman youth panelists online as they discuss migration and finding community in the Diaspora Led by Canterbury Rotuman Community Youth.

7pm - Te Ran on La’ri’ri’I - Sua Maka - (Children Singing)
Venue: NZ Rotuman Community Centre. Papatoetoe, Auckland.

8.00pm - Dinner
Children recite prayers in Rotuman.
Venue: NZ Rotuman Community Centre. Papatoetoe, Auckland.

9:00am - Join the Final Ruemba!*
Exciting and colourful Rotuman Zumba led by Ricco Panapasa, a qualified Zumba Instructor with support from the NZRF Wellington Rotuman Community.

1:00pm - The History of Rotuma Day*
If you didn’t know the history behind Rotuma Day then don’t forget to tune in. In partnership with Pacific Education Centre.

5:00pm to 7:00pm - Rotuma Day 140th Anniversary Celebrations in Wellington
To register email [email protected]
Join the members of the New Zealand Rotuman Fellowship in Wellington in this celebration of culture and koroa (treasures), the Rotuman–New Zealand way.
Venue:  Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

6.00pm - Rotuma Day Celebrations in Auckland
In partnership with LIFE Soup Kitchen, we are serving dinner for our communities and sharing a meal.
Venue: Wesley Community Centre, Auckland.

7.00pm - Polynesian Panthers 50th Anniversary Talanoa with Will ‘Ilolahi
With the cutting of Rotuma Day Cake and singing of Rotuman songs.
Venue: Wesley Community Centre, Auckland.

10am to 2pm - Manea (Games)
Opening Prayers by Toma Vaurasi and snippets of Rotuman history, cultural games and sampling of Rotuman food.
Venue: Te Puke ō Tara Community Centre, Auckland.

1:00pm - Rotuman Poem*
Composed by Tui Pesamino

3:00pm - Fekei Making with Mairani Group*

6:00pm - All Zoomed-out: Rako in a COVID-19 world!*
Like many of our Kainaga’s around the world, we are compelled to share our online learning experiences as Rotuman Families and learners of all ages. Facilitated by some amazing educators and parents of the Rotuman Community in Aotearoa. Join our youthful panel discussing the highs, lows and learnings of a Covid-19 World!

7:30pm - Hanuju (Story Telling)*
Join us online as we share a story from Rotuma.

6:30pm - 8:30pm - Children’s Fere Friday
To register email [email protected]

In celebration of Rotuman Language week, we are celebrating our Rotuman children with this free event. Children get the chance to jump as high as they can at JUMP Avondale hosted by Kingsland Rotuman Methodist Congregation and supported by the Auckland Methodist Central Parish & The Methodist Church of New Zealand.
Venue: JUMP Avondale, Auckland.

7:00am - Devotion & Majesty Song*
Pastor Mike Sikuri and the Canterbury Rotuman Community deliver devotion and Perform the Majesty Song translated in Rotuman.

10:00am - Rotuman Kato’aga Closing Ceremony & To’a Awards*
To register email [email protected]
It’s going to be a huge celebration! Experience the Rotuman Culture, our traditions, dance, songs, food and much more. We'll also celebrate the first ever TO’A Awards in partnership with the Ministry of Pacific Peoples. 
Venue: Lesieli Tonga Auditorium in Favona, Mangere and also streamed live.

11.00am - Rotuman Showcase at Auckland War Memorial Museum
11.00am - Welcome.
11.30am -  Rotuman cultural dance performances.
12.00pm - Hula and Samba to Rotuman Music by Danni Freeman.
12.15pm - Activities and Displays at Tefui / Para Station and snippets of Rotuman history by Jioje Fatiaki.
1.30pm - Fijian Meke dance performances by Te Mana Performing Arts.
1.50pm - Words of Thanks by Fereti Fatiaki in Rotuman, Rachael Mario in English and Prayers by Toma Vaurasi.
Venue: Auckland War Memorial Museum.