This guest blog is contributed by Georgie Archibald, Learning Advisor Pasifika:
Mālō e lelei, this week from 1-7 September we celebrate Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week! It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate the language and culture of more than 60,000 people of Tongan heritage who live in New Zealand.
There are many ways to connect with this year’s theme, “Fakakoloa O Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E Tauhi Fonua: A Tongan perspective of enriching Aotearoa, New Zealand.” For me, it particularly feeds into our Tongan value of matakāinga – behaving like family with mutual care and respect. Embracing and living the value of matakāinga certainly enriches our communities.
At Ara, the Pacific Island Students of Ara (PISA) are celebrating Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga with events at Madras and Woolston campuses where there will be performances and food to share. To join the celebrations, head to the Rakaia Centre at Madras campus on Monday 2nd September 12noon and to the Student Hub at Woolston campus on Thursday 5 September 12noon.
‘Oua lau e kafo kae lau e lava – Stay positive and count your blessings