Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana − Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language is the 2013 theme for Samoan Language Week. The Samoan language is the third most commonly spoken language in New Zealand. CMPA have organised a week of awesome Samoan activities to help us all celebrate.
On Monday 27th enjoy the opening ceremony between 10 and 10.45 am with Samoan performances by various groups and a few words from our CEO Kay Giles.
On Tuesday 28th look out for the Ula lole, a necklace made of lollies. Speak to someone in Samoan who is wearing this and the Ula Lole will be passed on to you. At the end of the day the person with the Ula Lole gets to collect a prize from the CMPA.
Here are some simple greetings you can use to get the Ula lole :
Talofa lava Hello (formal)
Or you can visit the Manuatele website for handy phrases with audio clips for correct pronunciation.
To learn some more Samoan words and phrases you can visit Te Puna Wānaka from 12 to 12.45 on Wednesday 29th for a lunchtime language learning session.
Alternatively you can read some simple titles in our Pasifika Collection. (Hint: Look for the Palm tree symbol on the ground floor)
Some simple Samoan titles include:
Muller, K (2012) How do you say thank you – a bilingual reader in Samoan and English.
On Thursday 30th from 12-1pm you can experience traditional Samoan cooking of taro, pork, chicken and palusami on heated rocks in an umu – Find this opposite the front entrance to the Food and Hospitality department.
On Friday 31st from 6.30- 8pm is a night of fun and Samoan singing in the Pese Mai Choir competition featuring a first prize of $500. This event will be held in Te Puna Wānaka.
Enjoy your week everyone.
Ia soifua ma ia manuia (Be well and prosper)