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Tokelau Language Week 2022

Tokelau Language Week 2022

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

Celebrate: Sunday 23 October – Saturday 29 October.

This year's theme for Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau – Tokelau Language Week is "Halahala ki vavau, kae ke mau ki pale o Tokelau" which means "To plan for the future is to understand the past."

The theme connects to the overall theme for this year’s Pacific language weeks ‘sustainability’ and the launch of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages.

To preserve our language, it’s important that we acknowledge and understand our past to move forward with confidence as a community in Aotearoa New Zealand. For our language to be sustained it requires a collective approach, effort and skill by our people. When we plan for the future, we are able to work together in harmony for the sustainability of the Tokelau Language. Our language and traditional ways of strengthening our identity.

In addition, the importance of sustaining and maintaining the Tokelau language with care is emphasised by the unique challenges that the island nation faces in the effects of climate change. There are 8,767 Tagata Tokelau in Aotearoa New Zealand (Stats, 2018). However, only 23% of the Tokelau population in Aotearoa speak the language. Therefore, more than ever, it is important that we as a people plan for future generations and take action to revive and sustain our language.

According to UNESCO, the language is classified as severely endangered. There are few opportunities to learn the language in the community or through formal education in Aotearoa New Zealand. However, Gagana Tokelau has recently been approved as a new NCEA-accredited subject.

Activities and events are being hosted throughout Aotearoa to embrace Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau – Tokelau Language Week.

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

Tokelau Language Week resources

Enjoy all the Words and Phrases of the Day from Tokelau Language Week 2022 - Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau.

Te Gagana Tokelau Email Signature - 700x100 px (PNG) - [Download]

Te Gagana Tokelau computer desktop wallpaper - 1920x1080 px (PNG)- [Download]

A4 Official Tokelau Language Week poster - (PDF) [Download]

A3 Official Tokelau Language Week poster  - (PDF) [Download]

A4 (blue template) Official Tokelau Language Week poster - (PDF) [Download]

A4 (white template Official Tokelau Language Week poster - (PDF) [Download]

A3 (blue template) Official Tokelau Language Week poster - (PDF) [Download]

A3 (white template) Official Tokelau Language Week poster - (PDF) [Download]

Tokelau Language Cards - 6 pages, 250kb (PDF) - [Download]

Simple Greetings and Phrases:

Hello - informal greeting - (MP3) [Download]

Hello - formal greeting - (MP3) [Download]

Hello to more than one person - (MP3) [Download]

How are you? - (MP3) [Download]

Please - (MP3) [Download]

Thank you - (MP3) [Download]

Goodbye - (MP3) [Download]

Happy Tokelau Language Week - (MP3) [Download]

Happy Tokelau Language Week Theme - (MP3) [Download]

Square Tiles
  • Themed - 1080x1080 px (JPG) - [Download]
  • Blank - 1080x1080 px (JPG) - [Download]
Rectangular Tiles
Facebook Banner
Instagram Story Tile

One file containing all resources, including: 

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

(9.6 MB Zip file) - [Download]

Calendar of Events

Event Time Venue
Sunday 23 October
Combined Lotu Service TBC Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church, 487 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Monday 24 October
Flag Raising Ceremony 9 am - 2 pm Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church, 487 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Tuesday 25 October
Talikilagi Nukunonu i Aukilani Inc 11 am - 6 pm Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church, 487 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Wednesday 26 October
Aho o Ikahopo 9 am - 3 pm East Tamaki Hall, 244 East Tamaki Road
Thursday 27 October
Aho o Atafu 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church, 487 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Friday 28 October
Aho o Fakaofo 9 am - 4 pm Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church, 487 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Saturday 29 October
Aho Fakatahiga
Bring a picnic blanket as we will be eating outside on grassy area
12 pm - 5:30 pm Moana-Nui-a Kiwa Leisure Centre, 66R Mascot Avenue, Māngere
Event Time Venue
Sunday 23 October
Opening service by Uncle Vasa
Service, Flag Raising, Tonai, Bible Reading, Prayer & Tauloto
12 pm - 3 pm Tongan Hall, 57 Pererika Street, Rotorua
Combined Service with Community 4pm Taupo Tokelau Hall
Hosted by whole community
Monday 24 October
Community meeting at Cemetery to clean graveyard of families 10am Taupo Cemetery
Hosted by whole community
Tuesday 25 October
Cooking at the Hall
  • Koko alaisa and panikeke
  • Children's story: Hina and the Eel
  • Learn simple Tokelau words and phrases
  • Kahalo / he tūke demonstrations
  • Learn about hiva / hatele
5.30 pm - 7.30 pm Tongan Hall, 57 Pererika Street, Rotorua
Elders of the Community programme 4pm Taupo Tokelau Hall
Hosted by the Toeaina of the community
Wednesday 26 October
Cooking at the Hall
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Children's story: Hina and the Eel
  • Learn simple Tokelau words and phrases
  • Kahalo / he tūke Demonstrations
  • Learn about hiva / hatele
  • Weaving using traditional materials
5.30 pm - 7.30 pm Tongan Hall, 57 Pererika Street, Rotorua
Matua of the Community programme 4pm Taupo Tokelau Hall
Hosted by the Matua of the community
Thursday 27 October
Community activities 4pm Taupo Tokelau Hall
Hosted by whole community
Friday 28 October
Community activities 4pm Taupo Tokelau Hall
Hosted by whole community
Saturday 29 October

Closing Service

Sharing voices and resources, children's items, meakai, fatele, reflections

11 am - 3 pm Tongan Hall, 57 Pererika Street, Rotorua

Community fateles

12pm Taupo Tokelau Hall
Hosted by whole community
Event Time Venue
Sunday 23 October
Opening Ceremony: Service, Flag Raising, Tonai, Fatele Song & Dance 11 am - 4:30 pm St Marks Presbyterian Church
Tuesday 25 October
Net Making & Weaving, Table Tennis, Dominoes & Cards, Fatele Song & Dance 7:30 am - 1 pm Camberley Community Centre, 703 Kiwi Street, Camberley, Hastings
Thursday 27 October
Polokalame / Activities
Net Making & Weaving, Talatalanoa, Game & Sports, Song & Dance
4:30 - 9:30  pm Bridge Pa School, 42 Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa
Friday 28 October
Polokalame / Activities
Net making & Weaving, Phrases & Words, Games & Sports, Song & Dance
4:30 - 9:30 pm Bridge Pa School, 42 Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa
Saturday 29 October
Tapuniga / Closing
Games & Sports, Lunch, Fatele, Tukutukuga Fuka Tapunia
10 am - 4pm Bridge Pa School, 42 Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa
Event Time Venue/Host
Sunday 23 October
Official opening of Tokelau Language Week Lotu
Followed by refreshments
4pm Pahina o Tokelau Church, Kivell Street, Porirua
Hosted by Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group
Monday 24 October
Tugaki o Tokelau radio program 12am-5am Tune into Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM or www.accessradio.org.nz
Hosted by Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group
Official Raising of the Tokelau Flag
Followed by refreshments
10am Matauala Hall, Bedford Street, Porirua
Hosted by Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group
Pahina o Tokelau Church - Celebrations 12pm 13 Kivell Street, Ranui, Porirua
Hosted by Pahina o Tokelau Church
Tuesday 25 October
Tugaki o Tokelau program 12am-5am Tune into Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM or www.accessradio.org.nz
Hosted by Fakaofo community
Official Raising of the Tokelau Flag
Followed by refreshments at Pataka Art + Museum
8am Te Rauparaha Arena, Corner Norrie & Parumoana Streets, Porirua
Hosted by Porirua City Council
Raising of the Tokelau Flag 9am Porirua College, Drivers Crescent, Porirua
Hosted by Porirua College
Official Raising of the Tokelau Flag
Followed by refreshments
10am Matiti Tokelau Akoga Kamata, 190 Naenae Road, Naenae
Hosted by Matiti Tokelau Akoga Kamata
Wednesday 26 October
Tugaki o Tokelau program 12am-5am Tune into Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM or www.accessradio.org.nz
Hosted by Atafu community
Tokelau Culture & Language Activities 9.30am Saint Pius X School, Tuki Street, Tītahi Bay, Porirua
Hosted by Saint Pius X School
Tokelau Culture and Language Activities 10.00am St Bernadette’s School Hall, 190 Naenae Road, Naenae
Hosted by St Bernadette's School
Tokelau visit to Parliament for Pacific Languages 11.30am Hosted by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples
Book presentation from Winsome Parnell on her life living in Fakaofo 12pm-12.55pm 64 Drivers Crescent, Cannons Creek, Porirua
Hosted by Porirua College
Thursday 27 October
Tugaki o Tokelau program 12am-5am Tune into Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM or www.accessradio.org.nz
Hosted by Nukunonu community
Tokelau Language week celebration 12pm-3pm Victoria University, Wellington
Hosted by Te Namo - Victoria University Tokelau Students Association
Tugaki o Tokelau program 1pm-2pm Tune into Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM or www.accessradio.org.nz
Hosted by He Tifa Ola
Tokelau Games & Activities TBC St. Bernadette’s School, 190 Naenae Road, Naenae
Hosted by Matiti Tokelau Akoga Kamata
Tugaki o Tokelau program 4pm-12am Tune into Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM or www.accessradio.org.nz
Hosted by Tugaki o Tokelau
Tokelau Cultural Activities TBC Kaiga Fakaofo, 12 Matiu Place, Elsdon
Hosted by Kaiga Fakaofo
35-year Celebration of Matauala Hall & Omoe TBC Matauala Hall, 102 Bedford Street, Porirua
Hosted by Atafu Tokelau Group
Tugaki o Tokelau program 8pm-10pm Tune into Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM or www.accessradio.org.nz
Hosted by Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group
Friday 28 October
Tokelau Cuisine TBC St. Bernadette’s School, 190 Naenae Road, Naenae
Hosted by St. Bernadette’s School
End of Tokelau Language Fatale and celebrations 12.30pm-3pm Porirua College, 64 Drivers Crescent, Porirua
Hosted by Porirua College
Ministry of Social Development & Oranga Tamariki Tokelau Language Week Celebrations 1pm-4pm Ministry of Social Development, Aurora Centre, 56 The Terrace, Wellington
Hosted by Ministry of Social Development
Saturday 29 October
Launch of the Kaiga Tokelau Wellbeing Strategy
Followed by Closing Ceremony with fatele and lowering of the Tokelau Flag
10am-12pm Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua
Hosted by Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group
Tokelau Nurses & Health Workers Assn, NZ - Health Promotion 10am-5pm Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua
Hosted by Tokelau Nurses & Health Workers Assn

Tokelau Language Week Funding Recipients

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

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

Auckland Tokelau Society Incorporated (ATSI)

Auckland

10,950.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

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

Mafutaga a te Kaifenua Tokelau i Rotorua

Rotorua

5,000.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

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

Mafutaga Tokelau i Manawatu (MTiM)

Palmerston North

6,500.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

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

Matiti Tokelau Akoga Kamata

Wellington

5,000.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, and poems

Nukunonu Tokelau Wellington Society Incorporated

Wellington

5,720.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

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

PACIFICA Inc. Wellington Central Branch

Wellington

3,000.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

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

Taupo Tokelau Community

Taupo

9,469.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, intergenerational passing knowledge from Elders to young people, dance and music

Te Kaiga Fakaofo I Ueligitone Inc

Wellington

3,500.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

Language learning through cultural practices, dance and music

Tokelau Community Christchurch

Christchurch

500.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

Language learning through events

Tokelau Hawkes Bay

Napier

2,000.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

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

Victoria University Tokelau Student Association

Wellington

3,050.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

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

Whaitu A Tokelau Dunedin

Dunedin

4,950.00

Te Gagana Tokelau

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, and storytelling

Tokelau 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 Tokelau Language Champion Honours Awards recognise our language advocates from the Tokelau community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Gagana Tokelau in Aotearoa.

Recipients:

Tapapa (Male) recipient - Vaha Tuielu

Fatupaepae (Female) recipient - Novena Petelo

Talatau (Youth) category - Nathan Lopa