Celebrating Tongan Language Week 2013

resizedimage350248-Tongan-Language-Week-2Malo e lelei!

The third Pacific language week of 2013, Tonga Language week, was launched this morning and it will run until 8th September.

The theme for Tongan language week is: Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Lea mo e Hiva Faka-tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Language and Music.

Led by the Tongan Language Week committee with support from the Aotearoa Tongan Teachers Association, Wellington Tonga Leader’s Council, Tonga Canterbury Community Trust, Makutu’unga‘ He Ofa Tongan Community Wellington, various Tongan Radio Programmes and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Tongan Language Week will provide a week of celebrations through music, song, dance, food, crafts and language.

For the national events calendar for Tongan Language Week, featuring a comprehensive list of events taking place across the country, please click here: http://www.mpia.govt.nz/assets/images/News-items/Tonga-Language-Week-Events-2013.pdf

For more information please visit the Tongan Language Week Facebook page.

Over the past year, I have had opportunities to share about some amazing Tongan people who truly inspire me. If you would like to read more about them on this blog, please click on the following names below:

The late Queen Sālote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tupou III

The late Professor Futa Helu

The late Dr ‘Epeli Hau’ofa

Dr Konai Helu-Thaman

‘Ilaisaane Kakala Taumoefolau

Manase Lua

Brian Misinale

Dr Karlo Mila-Schaaf

Mepa Taufa-Vuni

Vaimoana Niumeitolu

Rizvan Tu’itahi

Wesley Tameifuna

Tupou Neiufi

Since the theme for this year’s Tongan Language Week Celebration is “ENRICHING AOTEAROA WITH TONGAN LANGUAGE AND MUSIC” I would like to conclude this post with the following song “Katinia” which was orginally composed by the late Queen Sālote. This rendition is by Three Houses Down. Enjoy!

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