Pasifika – Term 1, 2021

Pasifika News and Event Updates for Term 1, 2021

Noa'ia, Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings to you all.

Fotu o Mālama Samoan Language Conference 5

Date: Friday, May 7th to Saturday 8th 2021

Gate 1, 78 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland 1023,
76 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand

Registered Member Rate: $150; Non-Member Rate: $200 (Early Bird Rates)

Early Bird Registrations close on April 7, 2021.

Costs include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Free parking.

For more information, please contact our secretary, Lemoa Henry Sevesi Fesuluai:

To register for the conference, please click the following link and enter your details:
Conference Link: Click here 

FREE Pasifika language courses through the Pasifika Education Centre (PEC)

The Pasifika Education Centre has been serving the Pasifika communities in Aotearoa for over 40 years.

PEC offers free online courses in Pacific languages and culture with the end goal of giving participants the confidence to use their language every day.  
The four languages currently on offer include Gagana Samoa, Kuki ‘Airani Reo Maori, Rotuma and Vagahau Niue. 
For more information, please visit:

Key Pacific Events in 2021 

27 March - Nesian Festival (Hamilton)

30 March - An introduction to governance for Pacific people (Auckland)

10–11 April - Pasifika Festival 2021(Auckland)

14–17 April - ASB Polyfest(Auckland)

Schools Webinar: Powerful Teaching – Unleash the Science of Learning in your Classroom

In this webinar, Patrice Bain, veteran teacher and co-author of Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning will share the valuable experience she has gained from working with cognitive scientists over the past fifteen years as well as the research-informed teaching strategies she has developed to improve students’ learning.

To register, please use this link:

Updates by FLS – Centre for Languages Facilitator, Siliva Gaugatao

Fijian Language & Culture | Vosa vaka-Viti kei na i Tovo

We welcome a new contributer to the Newsletter this term, Elisapeci Samanunu Waqanivala.  Elisapeci is the Co-Chair Viti (NZ) Council e_Aotearoa as well as the Chair of the Fijian Language Society | Academy.  

March Events & Projects

Luvei Viti Press a branch of our Fijian Language Society | Academy under the umbrella of Viti (NZ) Council e_Aotearoa (Reg. CC56562) recently applied for ISSN numbers to publish three/3 kids books in Vosa vaka-Viti | Fijian Language with parallel English text. These we hope will help strengthen learning the Fijian Language for younger children.

It targets those from ages 0-7, 8- 13, 14 - 17. The drafts are currently at the printing company. We hope to finalise printing towards the end of March 2021 and to be launched in early April 2021 if all goes to plan and distributed widely to young ones soon after. Limited copies will be given free but the bulk will be available to purchase at a cost. We also have a list of Poems in Fijian Language and English to be published by the end of April and to be made available online and in prints towards May 2021. The title of the series - Memories of Fiji | Nanumi Viti.This is open to any age groups and who have memories of Fiji to share.

Commissioning of Fijian Language & Intangible Cultural Heritage Commission 

The recent participation of our Team Viti at the announcement of UNESCO led Pacific Regional Consultation for the Global Forum of International Decade of Indigenous Languages had also been an opportune time for our board to announce the new arm of the Fijian Language Society | Academy which is Fijian Language & Cultural Heritage Commission. 

We have commenced looking into projects and financially supported by the Language Unit at Ministry of Pacific Peoples. This will be rolled out in stages and we have started On Air Broadcasts via our weekly Fijian Language Radio Programmes at Radio Viti e_Aotearoa via Wellington Access Radio 106.1.

The main intent is to strengthen and have ongoing Fijian Language | Vosa vaka-Viti  maintenance projects to align with the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022 - 2032 being launched in April 2021. One of the founding Principles mandated at the International Indigenous Meeting in Mexico 2020  reads; "Nothing for Us [Indigenous Peoples] without Us."

To this end, we plan to ensure those delivering our projects whether on air radio broadcast or in texts/books or online digital learning, those involved in the planning and execution will be Fijian language experts and holders of the Fijian languages and are of Indigenous Fijians extracts. This will ensure information being disseminated is accurate and represents the true essence of who we are as Indigenous Fijians now residing in Aotearoa and aligns with the protocols and legislation of how languages are treated whether it be translations and/or interpreting.

For any enquiries, please contact:

Artilcle written by Elisapeci Samanunu Waqanivala

Photos (Left and Right): Elisapeci Samanunu Waqanivala

Photo: Bulou Marawa Elena Tuisue - Anchor for Luvei Viti Youth Zone 4pm - 5pm at
Wellington Access Radio 106.1fm. She is also Executive Director of Viti (NZ) Council e_Aotearoa