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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.

Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night

Co-hosted by the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development and the Pacific Development Team, Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night is a chance for staff, students and our  local community to come together, listen to some great speakers, play some fun games and witness some outstanding performances.

This 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: 1 August 2018

Time: 5pm -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.

Enrolment changes, withdrawals and refunds

Some students are thinking about changing their enrolment or withdrawing from a course. There are important final dates they need to know. Please pass on this information to individuals, or in classes.

  1. The last date to make changes to enrolment or to withdraw with a full refund from Semester 1 courses that start Monday 19 February 2018 is Friday 2 March.
  2. For full-year courses, the final date to withdraw with a full refund is Friday 9 March. The University is unable to make any refunds after this date.
  3. NOTE: If students do not withdraw by 2 March their future entitlement to fees-free will be affected.

For further help and information on enrolment changes and withdrawals students can phone the Contact Centre on +64 3 369 3999 or 0800 VARSITY. Alternatively they can email enrol@canterbury.ac.nz

Helping students make decisions

You may find yourself in a position to give a student advice  ̶   you can also reassure them there’s a lot of support available and that it is OK to change their mind. They can visit www.canterbury.ac.nz/support or talk to any of the following:

Ngā mihi,

Lynn McClelland
Executive Director, Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā

Applications sought for Pacific artist residency at UC

UC’s Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Creative New Zealand are inviting expressions of interest from Pacific artists for a three month art residency at UC.

Applicants should have some expertise and experience in any one of the following areas:

  • fine art
  • carving
  • tattooing
  • music
  • weaving
  • pottery
  • dancing
  • graphic design
  • poetry
  • creative writing
  • new media art and other forms of creative expression.

The residency aims to promote Pacific art to the university community as well as nationally, regionally and internationally.

The residency is worth $18,000 for the three months and the artist will be required to present his/her work by way of exhibition or performance or a seminar presentation during or at the end of the residency. The selection panel will also be looking for an artist who is willing to engage and share his/her work with interested students and staff when available. Participation in university and Pasifika community outreach events is also encouraged should such opportunities arise.

Applicants must send in:

  1. a) a copy of updated CV, clearly stating areas of artistic experience and expertise;
  2. b) a one page project proposal explaining what you want to do including: the key ideas/themes of your project; rationale (why you are doing it); output (what you hope to produce); potential impact (some benefits to the community); and what is unique about your project.

Short-listed applicants may be asked to submit further information if required. The residency is due to start in mid-April 2017

Applications should be sent as attachment (preferably in PDF) to Patricia Ydgren at patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz.

The closing date is March 15 2017.

See more details here