Pasifika – Term 2

Upcoming events

FAGASA Speech Competition Regional: June 10-14

Auckland FAGASA Years 5-8, 20 June; Sir Edmund Hillary (TBC) 
Auckland FAGASA Years 7-8, 21 June; Sutton Park 

Auckland Primary Principals Association Samoan Speeches

Years 5-6, 29 August - Otahuhu Primary (TBC) 
Years 7-8, 30 August - Mangere East

For more information, please contact the FAGASA president - Fa’atili Iosua Esera at: 
Office: 09 276 4560
DDI: 09 276 8192

Gagana Samoa - Talofa lava!

Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa was celebrated on Sunday 26 May – Saturday June 1, 2019.

Theme for 2019:
"Lalaga le si’osi’omaga mo se lumana’i manuia"
‘Weave an environment for a better future’

Samoan Language Resources

Lea faka-Tonga Resources - Mālō e lelei!
Other useful resources can be accessed here:…

Te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani Resources - Kia Orana!…

Vagahau Niue Resources - Fakaalofa lahi atu!…

Gagana Samoa at Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) The Correspondence School

Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) The Correspondence School has started Gagana Samoa on line with Level 1 this year. At present, 60 students from all over the country, are learning Gagana Samoa thanks to Te Kura. This is a big step for Pasifika languages. Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu is now working on writing Levels 2 and 3 resources to be ready for next year. For more information about accessing Samoan Language through Te Kura, please contact Ali’imuamua Sia Batcheler, Kaiako Samoan and Learning Advisor
Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) | The Correspondence School

2019 Polyfest Speech Contest Results

The 44th ASB Polyfest kicked off in Auckland during March 13-15 this year. A key feature of the event for Pacific languages is the annual speech competition in the four stages - Cook Islands Maori, Niue, Samoa and Tonga. Students across years 9-13 compete in their schools first for the honour to represent their school and community at these events. This year the topics were set by the Ministry of Education. The overarching topics for Years 9 and 10 were - “To teach me you must understand me”; and “The future of New Zealand depends on me.” For Years 11-13; “What opportunities are there in school to support life-long learning?”; and “The future is my inheritance.” Students were expected to show their learning in crafting their ideas on a narrow aspect of their selected topic, and show developing of their thoughts as well as mastery of effective oratory and cultural practices.

View the results across the four stages here


 2019 Fotu o Mālama Samoan Language Conference

Fotu o Mālama (the association for teachers of Samoan language at secondary and tertiary) held its fourth annual conference on April 5-6, 2019 at MIT North Campus, Pasifika Community Centre, Manukau, Auckland.

The focus of the conference this year was on developing a deeper understanding of the requirements of the NZ Curriculum, Taiala and expectations for language teachers and the implications for design of student-centred teaching and learning programmes.

The conference also provided many opportunities for teachers to network, share resources, as well as problem-solving around some of the challenges that teachers face on a daily basis. Teacher evaluation highlighted the following as next steps for them:

Teacher 1: Student voice and using the know your students’ profile together with my Te Huinga whanau

Teacher 2: I will try and implement some of the digital learning strategies from today's workshop; particularly at senior levels where engagement is lacking

Teacher 3: Make things more interactive for kids

If you would like to join or know more about the Fotu o Mālama (the Association for teachers of Samoan language at secondary and tertiary sectors) please contact the secretary, Lemoa H. S Fesulua’i -; Telephone (09) 275-4029 ext. 111

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2019 FAGASA (The Organisation for Teaching Samoan in Aotearoa) Language Conference

Conference: April 16-18, 2019
Venue: Christchurch, New Zealand


Vagahau Niue News

Five Vagahau Niue teachers Fili Rex (De la Salle College), Rosa Kalauni (Papatoetoe High School), Meleua Ikiua (Alfriston College), Johnny Rex (De la Salle College), and Malakamu Lakatani (Little Souls Music Academy) have been very busy supporting the teaching and learning of Vagahau Niue in Aotearoa.  

Term 1 saw these teachers involved with Polyfest, the Niue Language Fono in Alofi, and the writing of NCEA assessment support materials with the new Vagahau Niue Unit Standards aligned with other NCEA learning languages assessments.  

The teachers’ hard work, involving intensive writing and translating of Vagahau Niue texts and workshopping questions and answering schedules, now enables schools wanting to provide Vagahau Niue assessment opportunities with five new unit standards Vagahau (listening, speaking (interaction and spoken presentation), reading, and writing).  

Kia kaha to all of you! We take our hats off to the amazing work you are doing for your language and culture in New Zealand schools.