Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Vagahau Niue Language Week First Ever Wellington Launch

Vagahau Niue Language Week

First Ever Wellington Launch

WELLINGTON. 10 October 2018— Vagahau Niue Language Week will be kicking off this Saturday at Avalon pavilion with its first-ever Wellington launch. The local Hutt Valley Niuean community has been actively promoting their language over the past year, so they’ve decided to take the initiative and have a Wellington-based launch, as well as the traditional launch in Auckland.

Wellington Vagahau Niue Language Week runs from the 14th - 20th October 2018. This weekend’s Wellington launch will be a celebration of culture, food, songs, dance, entertainment, stalls, history, crafts, and Niuean educational resources.

This year, Vanessa Semu, appointed chairperson of Vagahau Niue Hutt Valley, has been encouraging people within the community to attend Vagahau Niue classes, where people learn the Niuean language, songs, culture, traditions and formal and informal methods of conversation.

“We want people to understand their culture,” Vanessa Semu says. “Some of people attending our classes haven’t grown up in Niue, but now, they’re learning the culture of their parents and getting back to their roots. Others are from blended families or partners of Niueans. We even have one Samoan member, learning her husband’s culture and language. It’s wonderful to see the interest in our culture.”

“We meet up on a Tuesday night, every fortnight,” says Mrs Semu. “We have a class just for kids, and another for adults. Beginners can also have one-on-one tutoring to bring them up to speed to join a class. Our vision is to learn, use and maintain our language, culture and heritage, so that our children and future generations will continue to learn and develop.”

The group has additional reason to celebrate—the launch day is their birthday, one year since Vagahau Niue Hutt Valley was started. The group acknowledges the support they’ve had from the Wellington and Porirua Vagahau Niue Language Groups, which were established in 2006.

Mrs Semu says, “Mailigi Hetutu has been the chair person of Vagahau Niue Wellington since she was elected in 2006 to lead and support the Niuean Community in language, culture and their heritage. Mailigi’s vision is for the Niuean Community to continue our Vagahau Niue and heritage. Many Niueans have assisted and supported the community as well. Without them we wouldn’t have our Vagahau Niue. I thank them and their families.”

Vagahau Niue Hutt Valley would also like to start a Niuean playgroup from Febuary 2019 at the Koraunui Stokes Valley Hub, as well as a craft group. But Vanessa Semu’s vision doesn't stop there. Her dream is to start a Vagahau Niue app, an online program with a human voice and face, that assists people around the world to have access to Vagahau Niue twenty four hours a day, no matter where they live. “That’s my dream, my big goal. And I’d love to hear from anyone interested in helping make it happen.”

If your community would like to connect with the Niue language, craft groups or playgroups, or if you would like to support development of a Niue Language App, please contact Vagahau Niue Hutt Valley by email: VagahauNiueHutt@gmail.com

For more information or to attend the launch, please contact Vanessa Semu on 020 412 44961 or vanessasemu@live.com

Vagahau Niue Language Week Wellington launch venue and time:

· Avalon Pavilion 11am – 2pm

Dignitaries invited to the launch:

· His Excellency Mr Fisa Igilisi Pihigia, Niue High Commissioner and his wife Bonnie Pihigia

· Ministry of Pacific Peoples - Tina Simcock, Senior Advisor, Planning & Reporting

· Lower Hutt Mayor - Ray Wallace

· Labour MP, Hutt Valley - Chris Hipkins

· Labour, MP, Rongotai - Paul Eagle

· Moka Sipeli - Patroness

· Reverend & Mrs Liuvaie

· Reverend & Mrs T Etuata

· Reverend & Mrs Hakeagaiki (Lower Hutt Hospital Chaplin)

Bishop Semu

Reverand & Mrs Faulkland

· Adrian Mui - Senior Advisor Ministry of Pacific Peoples

· Mrs Ane Hunkin - Vagahau Niue National Wellington Representative

· Ianeta Ikiua - Tutor for Vagahau Niue Porirua

· Ministry of Education ECE Pacific sector - Juliana Malaeulu

. On Niue radio

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions.

Agricultural emissions make up nearly half of New Zealand’s total emissions profile and are the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>


$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>


The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>


Sitting On Defence: Terms Of Reference For Defence Estate Review

“The 81,000 hectare Defence estate is at a crossroads; much of it is run down, and outdated,” says Ron Mark. “It needs to be improved in order to gain, train and retain our service people, now and into the future." More>>


Meng Foon: Retiring Gisborne Mayor To Be Race Relations Commissioner

Andrew Little: “He has an outstanding record as a relationship builder and walks comfortably in the pākehā world, the Māori world, the Chinese community and other communities making up New Zealand." More>>


NCEA: Students Granted Qualifications After Fees Scrapped

Almost 150,000 current and former students with unpaid NCEA fees have today been formally awarded their NCEA credits or qualifications. More>>




InfoPages News Channels