Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga

Mālō e lelei!  

The Pacific Development Team are proud to celebrate Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga this week, 2 –  8 September. 

The theme for this year’s language week is Fakakoloa O Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E ‘Ofa Fonua’, or Enriching Aotearoa with the love of duty and service to country, community and people.

The Ministry of Pacific Peoples have worked in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa to develop a free education resource that will help with learning the language. This can be found on their website here>

You can find out more about Tongan Language through the ministry’s Tongan Language Fact Sheet, here>

Further information about UC’s Uike Katoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga celebrations can be found from the UC Pacific Development Team’s Facebook page.

Watch Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece

Beginning with a discussion of Hades and his realm, the recent UC Connect talk Alone of all the Gods: Concepts of Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece, looked at a wide range of Greek attitudes to death and the afterlife: from Homer’s idea of heroic death in battle and its bitter costs, to reincarnation in the philosophies of Pythagoras and Plato, to figures such as Dionysus and Persephone who are linked to death and renewal – and more.

Win the best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealandshowcases carefully chiseled works that are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising, composed with precision in a form where every word counts.

Edited by leading Aotearoa New Zealand flash fiction writers Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, this pioneering collection of short short works includes flash fiction, prose poetry and haibun from 165 emerging and established authors such as Bill Manhire, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Michele Leggott.

“In flash fiction, something small can be powerful; an individual’s imagination can be set free. It is a language-driven form, either subtle or fiery. Experimental in its very nature; it will surprise time and again. And it’s an equal opportunity form: new writers are as likely to shine as experienced writers,” co-editor Michelle Elvy explains.

With book design by award-winning Aaron BeehreBonsai is a beautifully produced volume. Purchase your own copy of Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.

  1. How many stories are there in the Bonsai collection?
    Find a hint, here.

Please email your answer to by 12 noon Wednesday 12 September. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Insider’s Guide on Sunday 16 September.