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Pacific Languages in the Library

Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Fākatalofa atu, Bula, Fākaalofa atu, Mālō ni, Noa’ia!

Each year, the beautiful languages of Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and Tokelau are celebrated around Aotearoa during Pacific Island language weeks. 2018 went one step better with the inaugural Rotuman language week back in May.

With the rise in numbers of Pacifika students at UC and the importance of ensuring these languages are preserved, the Library sees these weeks as a great chance to not only get creative and keep practising but to also raise awareness and celebrate Pacific cultures.

A useful website is the Ministry of Pacific Peoples  they provide helpful guides to each language, links to events and designated dates for each language. Also check out the Pacific Studies Library subject guide for help on finding other Pacific resources; from books to CDs, DVDs and current newspapers from the Pacific Islands.

Keep an eye out in the Library and on social media for the various language weeks, get involved, learn some basics and let’s all help keep these languages alive!

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Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night

Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night is just around the corner, co-hosted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development and the Pacific Development Team. This is a chance for our students and the local community to come together, listen to great speakers, play fun games and see outstanding performances. Fia Fia Night is a free event and food will also be provided. Come along bring your flat mates, family and friends for a night to remember!

What: Jandals 3 – Fia Fia night
Where: Engineering Core, University of Canterbury: 69 Creyke Rd
When: Wednesday 1 August
Time: 5.00pm -7.30pm

Samoan Language Week – ‘kindness given, kindness gained’

“O la’u gagana o lo’u fa’asinomaga, o la’u gagana o lo’u mitamitaga, o la’u gagana o lo’u maluapapa”
“My language is my identity, my language is my pride, and my language is my shelter”

My language defines me and my ancestors. They sacrificed for my freedom, to speak freely and when appropriate. My language is a part of my identity that I take pride in.

I see it as my comfort zone because I feel confident when I speak my language as opposed to English. I don’t have to worry about “fobbing out” in front of people. This is what my language means to me as a Tama’ita’i Samoa (a woman of Samoa).

Words, when spoken in Samoan, lend very deep meaning. They say that words hurt more than anything else, and I tell you Samoan words hurt me a million times more than English words could. However, Samoan words are also the most soothing to me, for example when you hear an elder (or anyone in particular) speak our mother tongue. The words are spoken with so much grace and knowledge, you can feel the joy they bring. This is a constant reminder that our talatu’u – history was passed down from generation to generation through (mostly) stories.

This week is not only about celebrating our language, it’s also a celebration of our culture. The theme this year is – “Kindness given, Kindness gained” for Samoan Language Week (27 Mē – 2 Juni 2018). Kindness also known in Samoan as ‘Agalelei’ is one of the core foundations of Fa’a Samoa (Samoan culture and traditions). Everything you do within our culture, you should do it with kindness and with no expectation of anything in return.

This week is also a week of remembrance as Samoa celebrates its fifty-sixth year of Independence. We remember our people who fought hard for the freedom that we get to enjoy today.

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.’ Nelson Mandela

Ia manuia le vaiaso ole Gagana Samoa.

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