Pacific Language Weeks 2021
Kia orana, Noa’ia, Talofa lava, Mauri, Mālō e lelei, Tālofa, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālō ni and warm Pacific greetings.Kia orana, Noa’ia, Talofa lava, Mauri, Mālō e lelei, Tālofa, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālō ni and warm Pacific greetings.
The Pacific Language Week Dates for 2021 are:
For more information about the Pacific Language Weeks 2021, check out MPP’s website: Pacific Language Weeks 2021
Polyfest 2021 - Speech Contest
After a two-year break due to the Christchurch attack and the Covid-19 pandemic, the Auckland ‘Polyfest’ returned to the Manukau Sportsbowl again from April 14-17 this year. Although the possibility of another lockdown forced many schools to abstain from this year’s event, the committed schools, students and community celebrated Polyfest’s 45th year in typical Pacific style, colour and flavour.
The speech competition is a key part of the festival. Many students take pride in representing their schools as well as refining their language, cultural knowledge and delivery as they aim to convince the judges of their argument and supporting ideas.
One student who caught the judges’ attention was Christian Leilua, a year 13 student from Tangaroa College. The proud New Zealand-born Samoan triumphed at the Samoan Speech Competition, winning the Year 13 category. Christian gave a critique of the current education system’s lack of responsiveness to the needs of Pacific learners. You can read more about Christian’s story here
Samoa Language Week (SLW) 2021 Theme
Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale (Strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive).
The challenge for this year is to re-evaluate the perspectives of families, schools, churches and the whole country to re-strengthen the inner self. When people are secure in their values, language and customs, these form the compass for their journeys. The inner self and the core of any school, church, organisation, community and country must reflect that of the people in it. Strengthening this core must reflect key aspects of a people’s lives. All of these elements ground the foundation of wellness for anyone.
Community Languages Fund
The Ministry of Pacific Peoples (MPP) has a range of funding options for schools, families and communities. For more information, please click here