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NZ First Acknowledges Pacific Language Weeks


Asenati Lole-Taylor MP
Spokesperson for Social Policy
25 May 2013

NZ First Acknowledges Pacific Language Weeks

New Zealand First spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Asenati Lole-Taylor wants to acknowledge Pacific Language Weeks and their value of retaining cultural ties and traditions.

The weeks start with Samoa from 26 May – 1 June 2013.

“Pacific Language Weeks are a great opportunity to celebrate the diverse dialects of the Pacific in New Zealand - and to ensure that language retention is strong within our Pacific communities,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

“This is a time to reflect, celebrate and appreciate milestones that have been achieved and to strengthen cultural aspects that continue when the people integrate into local communities in New Zealand.

“Samoa Language Week coincides with the 51st Anniversary of Samoan Independence which makes it all the more significant on the New Zealand-Samoa calendar.

“Celebrations for Samoa Independence Day commence on the 1st June in Wellington and on the 3rd June in Auckland. This is a great way to end Samoan Language Week and to acknowledge the journey of the Samoan community both here in New Zealand and back in Samoa,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

“The Pacific Language Weeks symbolise the unique relationship between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and a commitment to preserving different cultures within our national identity and making them visible.

“To help celebrate Samoa language week, here are some of the Samoan phrases you might like to learn and use sometimes:
• Talofa lava – Greetings or Hello O a mai oe – How are you
• Manuia fa’afetai – Well thank you O ai lou igoa – What is your name
• O lo’u igoa o Pita – My name is Peter.
“Samoa is privileged to kick-start the Pacific Language Weeks and the celebrations will not fall short of expectations,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor

ENDS

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