Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa – Samoan Language Week 2019

Children and adult reading story together in classroom

Tālofa! We’re celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa – Samoan Language Week (Sunday 26 May-Saturday 1 June 2019).

Test your general knowledge of our Samoan connections:

  1. What percent of the New Zealand Samoan population were born here?
  2. Samoan students make up how many percent of the total Pacific student population at the University of Auckland?
  3. Is the Samoan language the second, third or fourth most spoken language in Auckland? In Aotearoa?
  4. What are the equivalent Samoan words for whānau/whenua/aroha/ora?

Think you know the answers? Submit your answers as a comment below.

Keen to learn more?

Samoan Language Week provides a good opportunity to learn more about our Samoan staff and student community, and the value of languages in: building relationships, educational achievement, research, careers, economic development, wellbeing and more.

  • Celebrate during Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa at an event on campus – see Events on campus below.
  • Discover other events happening throughout Tāmaki Makarau listed on the Ministry for Pacific People’s events calendar.
  • Search the Catalogue for Samoan language, customs and social life.
  • Visit our Fāgogo online resource to learn about Samoan fables and listen to recordings of them alongside English translations.
  • See the playlist of Samoan-related documentaries, TV dramas and feature films compiled by our TV and Radio staff.
  • Check out the Pacific Studies subject guide for key resources about Pacific histories, cultures, languages and research.

Events on campus

Monday 27 May

Ava Ceremony – University of Auckland Samoan Students’ Association
12.30pm-1.30pm – Quad, City Campus

Tuesday 28 May

Pop-up listening post – Samoan recordings from the Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound
11.30am-12.30pm – General Library foyer, City Campus

Wednesday 29 May

Sports – University of Auckland Samoan Students’ Association
3-5.30pm – Auckland Domain

Quiz night – University of Auckland Samoan Students’ Association
6-8pm – Fale Pasifika, City Campus

Manuia le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa!

Judy McFall-McCaffery, Pacific Academic Engagement Adviser, Alexis McCullough, Digital Engagement and Communications Adviser, and Cultural Collections staff

Image on website homepage: Detail from Siapo (tapa cloth), circa 1917, Samoa, maker unknown. Gift of Thomas Trood, 1917. Te Papa (FE001420).

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