Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea faka-Tonga – Tonga Language Week

Tongan hymn verse. Edwin S. Harkness papers. Special Collections.

Tongan hymn verse. Edwin S. Harkness papers.
Special Collections.

Mālō e lelei, welcome to Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea faka-Tonga at Te Tumu Herenga – Libraries and Learning Services, 1-7 September.  This year’s theme is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Tauhi Fonua – A Tongan perspective on enriching Aotearoa.

Celebrate Tonga Language Week with these highlighted resources, ranging from rare sound recordings and displays of 19th century and contemporary materials to artworks, TV documentaries and language slides.

Listening post

Listen to three recordings taped by Richard Moyle in the 1970s, selected by the Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound:

  • A hiva usu (hymn) performed by the Free Wesleyan Church Otu Ha’apai Family in ‘Uiha, Ha’apai.
  • A Ma’ulu’ulu (dance) performed by the Free Wesleyan Church Akoteu in Nomuka, Ha’apai
  • A Fananga (fable) spoken by Soko Finau in Fahefa, Tongatapu.

You can hear the recordings and watch accompanying images at our Listening Post, 9am-4.45pm, Monday 2 September-Friday 6 September, Special Collections foyer, Level G, General Library.
They are also playing on the plasma screen in Pacific Studies, Level 1 foyer, Building 273.


TV and Radio playlist

  • Watch a TV and Radio playlist of documentaries, news and lifestyle shows, ranging from traditional knowledge of lalava and tapa through to the contemporary art collective Seleka in urban Tonga. Compiled by Media Services.

Language slides

  • Develop your skills. Look out for the simple Tongan language phrases in our libraries and information commons over the week. Created by Online Services and Pasifika@LLS.
    Daily on plasma screens in the General Library, Kate Edger Information Commons Level 3, Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library, and Pacific Studies.


Filipe Tohi and Dagmar Dyck are among a number of prominent artists represented in the Art Collection who have Tongan heritage and explore themes inspired by Tongan culture.

The traditional Tongan-patterned lashings that adorn the interior wooden beams of the Fale Pasifika are the work of Filipe Tohi. In this video, he talks about his work and the significance of lalava.

In 1995, Dagmar Dyck was the first Tongan woman to graduate from Elam with a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts. She has exhibited widely and influenced aspiring artists through her teaching.

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