Talofa lava! Beginning Sunday 28 May is Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa, Samoan language week. The theme for this year is “Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga” – “Keep your identity alive to thrive.”
Samoan culture is huge here in New Zealand – in fact, Samoan is the third most spoken language in New Zealand after English and Te reo Māori.
Ministry for Pacific Peoples has some great proverbs for all of us including:
E iloa ‘oe i lau gagana – Your language speaks volumes of you
A malu i fale, e malu i fafo – Respect yourself and others will too
At Ara, we are celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa with a number of events:
· Monday 29 May
§ Official opening in the City Atrium, including Samoan food and performances, 12:10pm
§ Quiz night in the City C Block Lounge, 6-8pm (5.30pm doors)
· Tuesday 30 May
§ Cultural Craft making Ula Lole in the Madras library, 12-1pm
§ Cultural Craft making Ula Lole in the Woolston library, 12-1pm
· Wednesday 31 May
§ Cultural Craft making Ula Lole in the Timaru library, all day event
§ Social Volleyball, Sports Court W133, 12-1pm
§ Movie Night watching Three Wise Cousins, C Block Lounge, 6pm
A big thank you to our Samoan students who are leading these events.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
“Ia soifua ma ia manuia.”