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:
- What percent of the New Zealand Samoan population were born here?
- Samoan students make up how many percent of the total Pacific student population at the University of Auckland?
- Is the Samoan language the second, third or fourth most spoken language in Auckland? In Aotearoa?
- 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).