Ministry for Pacific Peoples — Tuvalu Language Week 2022 Ministry for Pacific Peoples - Tuvalu Language Week 2022 Skip to content

Tuvalu Language Week 2022

Tuvalu Language Week 2022

Celebrate: Sunday 25 September – Saturday 1 October

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week is Fakamautu ke mautakitaki te Gagana Tuvalu mo te atafai, fakaaloalo mo te amanaiagina, which means 'nurture with sustainability the Tuvalu language with care, respect and dignity'.

The theme connects to the overall theme for this years Pacific language weeks ‘sustainability’ and the launch of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous languages. This theme reflects the importance of nurturing the Tuvaluan language in a sustainable manner.

The preservation of the Tuvaluan language is recognized by having the utmost care and respect for the language in its purity. Caring and respecting the language also accounts for the differences that the people of Tuvalu have within their communities. The roles within the family unit are integral to sustaining the Tuvaluan language with care and respect which then extends to the wider society.

Bookmark this page to see our Calendar of Events for Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu and ways to get involved with Tuvalu Language Week.

Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Tuvalu Language Week Facebook page.

Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Venue & Time

Host

Aso Sa,
Sunday 25 September

7 x Ekalesia items

TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust 

 

Opening Church Service

TBC
Bill Brown Park
Palmerston North

Manawatu Tuvalu Community Trust 

 

Opening of Tuvalu Language Week:

  • Service 
  • Lunch  
  • Children’s programme (Bible knowledge and singing hymns) 

11am-6pm

Memorial Hall/Levin North School

Tagata Tuvalu Trust 

 

Opening Church Service

12pm
Tuvalu Christian Church
Wellington

Tuvalu For All Trust 

 

Combined Opening Church Service 

SERMON CONDUCTED BY Rev. Kitasi Sioni (Tuvaluan Language) 

HYMNS PREPARED BY THE EKTO Malagafou Choir (Tuvaluan Language) 

12pm-1pm
St Mark's Methodist Church
5 Somerfield
Addington

Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi 

 

Lotu Kamata - Opening Lotu and Lunch 

11am-1pm
First Church of Otago
Dunedin

 

Kaiga Tuvalu Otago
(Tuvalu Dunedin Community)

Aso Gafua,
Monday 26 September

Lotu

5:30am

Online

Kalasi’aho Koinonia

 

Eight Tuvalu Islands Auckland Communities Youths & Kids Programs /Activities:
Nanumea Island
Nanumaga Island 
Niutao Island 
Nui Island 
Vaitupu Island 
Nukufetau Island 
Funafuti Island 
Nukulaelae Island

TBC 

Facebook

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust 

 

Nanumea, Nanumaga Youth Activities

TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust 

 

Alagapati/ Tuugamuna 
Dr Alesana  
Kleis Seluka 

TBC 

Facebook

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust 

 

Language learning through old traditional rhymes, songs and old traditional myths 

TBC

Tuvalu Hamilton Community Association 

 

Community gathering  
Children’s activities, video and powerpoint of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Tuvalu Quiz

TBC 

Bill Brown Park 
Palmerston North 

Manawatu Tuvalu Community Trust 

 

Tuvalu language programmes 

Evening

Tagata Tuvalu Trust

 

Tuvalu Language Week Flag Raising  

8am

Peace Memorial

Tuvalu For All Trust 

 

Fau Making (Headwear)

1pm

Facebook

Tuvalu For All Trust 

 

Weaving Class (Filiga o te Fou)

Showcase by Faletua (Mamele Setu Kitasi) from TTO Community 

10am

Recording available on Facebook

 Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi 
  Matua mo Tamaliki Playgroup 

12pm-3pm

Pacific Trust Otago
Dunedin

Kaiga Tuvalu Otago  

(Tuvalu Dunedin Community) 

Aso Lua,
Tuesday 27 September

Eight Tuvalu Islands Auckland Communities Youths & Kids Programs /Activities:
Nanumea Island
Nanumaga Island 
Niutao Island 
Nui Island 
Vaitupu Island 
Nukufetau Island 
Funafuti Island 
Nukulaelae Island

TBC

Facebook

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust 

 

Niutao, Nui Youth Activities 

TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community trust 

 

Uluniu o Tuvalu ‘Taumatu Aukilani Aotearoa  

Programme with Tuvalu Children   

10am–1pm  

Corban Estate Arts Centre 
2 Mount Lebanon Lane Henderson, Auckland

Uluniu o Tuvalu ‘Taumatu Aukilani Aotearoa 

Tuvalu Auckland Community trust 

 

Alagapati/ Tuugamuna
Lomatua Niutao 

TBC 

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust Facebook page 

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust 

 

Language learning through weaving simple traditional arts 

TBC

Tuvalu Hamilton Community Association 

 

Tuvalu Language Programme

Morning:

Taitoko Kindergarten
36 Kinross Street
Levin

Evening:

Family homes

Tagata Tuvalu Trust 

 

Titi Vao
Lakei (Neck & Shoulder Wear)  

10am

Facebook

Tuvalu For All Trust 

 

Opening Ceremony  

Sharing of Speeches and Poems 

Composed and written by the Kids and Youths in Tuvalu language from TTO Community

10am–1pm  

Knox Hall
Christchurch
 

Livestream on TTO Facebook page

Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi 

 

Sports night

7pm-10pm 

Edgar Centre
Dunedin, Otago 

Kaiga Tuvalu Otago  

(Tuvalu Dunedin Community) 

Aso Tolu,
Wednesday 28 September

Eight Tuvalu Islands Auckland Communities Youths & Kids Programs /Activities:
Nanumea Island
Nanumaga Island 
Niutao Island 
Nui Island 
Vaitupu Island 
Nukufetau Island 
Funafuti Island 
Nukulaelae Island

TBC

Facebook

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Vaitupu, Nukufetau Youth Activities 

TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Alagapati/ Tuugamuna
Iusitini Nukufetau 

 TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust Facebook page

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Language learning through making traditional cultural dance costumes including dancing skirts and garlands 

TBC

Tuvalu Hamilton Community Association

 

Family present activities songs, tauloto relating to this year’s theme 

Zoom

Manawatu Tuvalu Community Trust

 

Tuvalu language programmes 

Evening
Family homes

Tagatu Tuvalu Trust

 

Titi Fakamanumanu 

Titi Galegale (Waist wear) 

10am-12pm 

Facebook

Tuvalu for All Trust

 

Outdoor Cooking Class 

Showcase by Tamana mo Matua TTO Community  

 

12pm

Recording available on Facebook

Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi

 

Meakai Tuvalu Cooking Class 

6pm-9pm

Culinary School
Otago Polytechnic
 

Kaiga Tuvalu Otago  

(Tuvalu Dunedin Community) 

Aso Fa,
Thursday 29 September

Eight Tuvalu Islands Auckland Communities Youths & Kids Programs /Activities:
Nanumea Island
Nanumaga Island 
Niutao Island 
Nui Island 
Vaitupu Island 
Nukufetau Island 
Funafuti Island 
Nukulaelae Island

TBC

Facevbook

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Funafuti, Nukulaelae Youth Activities 

TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Alagapati/ Tuugamuna
Uinitelo Vaitupu 

TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust Facebook page

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

University of Waikato showcase of traditional fatele (dance), traditional food, arts and crafts 

TBC

Tuvalu Hamilton Community Association

 

Tuvalu Language Programmes

Morning:

St Joseph's Catholic School
48 Weraroa Road, Levin 

Evening:

Family homes

Tagata Tuvalu Trust

 

Wearing of Traditional wear 

Display of Variations 

10am-2pm

Facebook

Tuvalu for All Trust

 

Fakaseasea 

Performed by the kids and youth of the TTO Community 

12pm

Recording available on Facebook

Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi

 

Tuugalima o Tino Tuvalu - Presenting Tuvaluan Art 

6pm-9pm

Pacific Trust Otago
Dunedin

Kaiga Tuvalu Otago  

(Tuvalu Dunedin Community) 

Aso Lima,
Friday 30 September

Eight Tuvalu Islands Auckland Communities Youths & Kids Programs /Activities:
Nanumea Island
Nanumaga Island 
Niutao Island 
Nui Island 
Vaitupu Island 
Nukufetau Island 
Funafuti Island 
Nukulaelae Island

TBC

Facebook

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Tuvalu Combined Festival  

5-10pm 

Titirangi War Memorial Hall 
500 South Titirangi Road
Titirangi, Auckland

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Alagapati/ Tuugamuna 
Nanumea/ Nanumaga 

TBC 

Tuvalu Auckland Communty Trust Facebook page 

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Traditional food demonstration

TBC 

Tuvalu Hamilton Community Association

 

Family present activities songs, tauloto relating to this year’s theme 

Zoom

Manawatu Tuvalu Community Trust

 

Community ALOFA to the Rt Hon Dr Sir Tomasi Puapua & Lady Riana Puapua  

Move into Forest Lakes Camp and Conference Centre 

Arrival of Tuvalu families from Hastings 

Morning


Afternoon
Forest Lakes Camp and Conference Centre

Tagata Tuvalu Trust

 

Pota Talo cooking

10am

Facebook

Tuvalu for All Trust

 

Mafaufauga Tamaliki 

Conducted by the Sunday School Teacher and the kids from the TTO Community 

12pm

Recording available on Facebook

Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi

 

Noho Marae Talavou Programme 

3pm-overnight

Tirohanga Camp
North Taieri

Kaiga Tuvalu Otago  

(Tuvalu Dunedin Community) 

Aso Ono,
Saturday 1 October

Eight Tuvalu Islands Auckland Communities Youths & Kids Programs /Activities:
Nanumea Island
Nanumaga Island 
Niutao Island 
Nui Island 
Vaitupu Island 
Nukufetau Island 
Funafuti Island 
Nukulaelae Island

TBC

Facebook

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Alagapati/ Tuugamuna 
Nukulaelae/ Funafuti 

TBC

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust Facebook page

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

 

Tuvalu community trip to Tauranga to showcase and share dancing, food, arts, songs and rhymes learnt 

TBC

Tuvalu Hamilton Community Association

 

Picnic Tuvalu Independence Anniversary 

Cake for Independence, Fatele and Feasting 

TBC

Park/Beach or Bill Brown Hall

Manawatu Tuvalu Community Trust

 

Celebration of Tuvalu Independence Anniversary 

Flag Raising Ceremony  

9am–9pm  

Forest Lakes Camp and Conference Centre 

Tagata Tuvalu Trust

 

Tuvalu Independence Closing Tuvalu Language Week 2022 

11am 

Tuvalu Christian Church Wellington

Tuvalu for All Trust

 

Sikigaa Lai 

Showcase by the mothers and the youth of the TTO Community 

12pm

Recording available on Facebook

Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi

 

Independence Day Celebrations

10am-Overnight

Tirohanga Camp

Kaiga Tuvalu Otago  

(Tuvalu Dunedin Community) 

Aso Sa,
Sunday 2 October

Closing of Tuvalu Language Week  

Church Service 

 9am-2pm

Forest Lakes Camp and Conference Centre

 Tagatu Tuvalu Trust

Tuvalu Language Week resources

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

Tuvalu Language Week computer desktop wallpaper - 1920x1080 px (PNG)- [Download]

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

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

Tuvalu Blank poster template 1 blue with theme - A4  [Download] (PDF) 

Tuvalu Blank poster template 1 white with theme - A4  [Download] (PDF) 

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

Tuvalu Language Week Theme: 2022

Fakamautu ke mautakitaki te gagana Tuvalu mo te atafai, fakaaloalo mo te amanaiagina - Nurture with sustainability the Tuvalu language with care, respect and dignity (MP3) Download

Simple Greetings and Phrases:

Hello - Talofa (MP3) Download

Hello (to more than one person) - Talofa katoa koutou (MP3) Download

Greetings to welcome you all (formal) - Ko fakatalofa atu ki te malu ko aofia (MP3) Download

How are you? (to one person) - Ea mai koe? (MP3) Download

Please - Fakamolemole (MP3) Download

Thank you - Fakafetai (MP3) Download

Goodbye - Tofa (MP3) Download

Happy Tuvalu Language Week - Manuia te Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu (MP3) Download

 

 

Tuvalu Language Week Web banner (theme) - 1200 x 628 px (JPG) [Download]

Tuvalu Language Week Web banner (blank) - 1200 x 628 px (JPG) - [Download

Tuvalu Language Week Web banner with girl - 1920 x 1080 px (JPG) - [Download]

Tuvalu Language Week Web banner theme - 1920 x 1080 px (JPG) - [Download]

Tuvalu Language Week Web banner (blank) - 1920 x 1080 px (JPG) - [Download]

Tuvalu Language Week Web banner (theme) - 2400 x 800 px (JPG) - [Download]

Tuvalu Language Week Web banner (blank) - 2400 x 800 px (JPG) - [Download]

Square Tuvalu Language Week 2022 tile (theme) - 1080x1080 px (JPG) - [Download]

Square Tuvalu Language Week 2022 tile (blank) - 1080x1080 px (JPG) - [Download]

Rectangular Tuvalu Language Week 2022 tile (theme) - 1200x628 px (JPG) - [Download]

Rectangular Tuvalu Language Week 2022 tile (blank) - 1200x628 px (JPG) - [Download]

Rectangular Tuvalu Language Week 2022 tile - 1920x1080 px (JPG) - [Download]

Facebook banner Tuvalu Language Week 2022 - 851x315 px (JPG) - [Download]

Instagram Tuvalu Language Week 2022 Story tile - 1080x1920 px (JPG) - [Download]

One file containing all resources, including: 

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

(6 MB Zip file) - [Download]

Tuvalu Language Week Funding Recipients

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

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

Manawatu Tuvalu Community Trust

Palmerston North

5,000.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, and storytelling

Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi

Christchurch

15,000.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

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

Tagata Tuvalu Trust

Otaki

8,800.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, and storytelling

Taulanga Malie Reformed Christian Church Trust in Tauranga

Tauranga

5,000.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

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

Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust

Auckland

20,850.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

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

Tuvalu Community Hawkes Bay

Napier

3,500.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling and intergenerational passing of knowledge from Elders to Youth

Tuvalu Community Tauranga

Tauranga

5,100.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

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

Tuvalu Dunedin Community

Dunedin

3,925.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

Language learning classes for beginners

Tuvalu For All Trust

Wellington

6,350.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, cooking, weaving, arts and craft, dance, music and developed language learning online resources

Tuvalu Whangarei Community

Whangarei

4,500.00

Te Gana Tuvalu

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

Victoria University Pasifika Student Council

Wellington

1,030

Te Gana Tuvalu

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

 

Tuvalu 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 awards recognise our language advocates from the Tuvalu community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Te Gana Tuvalu in Aotearoa.

Recipients:

Male category champion - Vaeluaga Iosefa

Female category champion - Elena Nukulasi

Youth category champion - Savete Sateko-Tealikisele