Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tonga Language Week 2020

Mālō e lelei, welcome to Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga | Tonga Language Week Sunday 6 September to Saturday 12 September. The theme for 2020 is Ko e Ta’u ‘o e Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘ae Lotu Mo’oni which focuses on enriching Aotearoa’s spirituality with Tongan language and culture through songs, poems and other works.

At this time of Covid-19, we invite you to celebrate virtually with these Te Tumu Herenga resources.

Listen to a hiva kakala love song

The Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound presents a hiva kakala, a love song, entitled Ko Si’oto Kakala Tauleva performed by Mā’imoa ‘a Talivulangi ‘a Princess Pilolevu, a small men’s choir. The recording was made on 22 June 1973, in Te’ekiu, Tongatapu, Tonga.

Listen and have fun learning basic Tongan phrases 1

Discover more resources about hiva kakala

Watch ‘Both Worlds’ about Taunoa Filimoehala and more

Media Services present a selection of documentaries, news and lifestyle shows which range in scope from traditional knowledge of lalava and tapa, through to the contemporary art collective Seleka in urban Tonga.

Leading the playlist is an episode of Both Worlds which focuses on New Zealand based opera singer Taunoa Filimoehala as he balances commitments to his church community, opera, university, and his health.

Watch the playlist

Read about talanoa shared dialogue

Research Services reminds us of the key role talanoa /shared dialogue plays not only in research as a methodology but in establishing and maintaining sustainable relationships and engagements.

Timote M. Vaioleti says “In a good Talanoa encounter, noa creates the space and conditions. Tala holistically intermingles researchers’ and participants’ emotions, knowing and experiences.” 2

Explore these Tongan PhD theses that interweave aspects of Talanoa into other Pacific methodologies, to produce a rich research framework:


The above image for this news story is of the sculpture Feleano Probe by Tomui Kaloni. It forms a welcoming archway to the University’s Fale Pasifika on the City Campus.
Listen to Tomui Kaloni talk about the inspiration for this artwork.
Read the transcript.

Close-up image of the bindings on the beams in the ceiling of the Fale

Inside the Fale is the artwork of Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, which forms the bindings on the massive beams in the ceiling.
Read more about Sopolomelama Filipe Tohi’s residency to complete this work.

Compiled by William Hamill, Media Services, Huni Mancini, Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound, Simon Esling, Research Services, Judy McFall-McCaffery, Academic Services, and the wider Pacific Language Weeks Te Tumu Herenga Libraries and Learning Services kainga/family.


1  All recordings from the Richard Moyle Collection, Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound.
Visuals created by Peni Kamakorewa.

2 Vaioleti, T. M. (2006). Talanoa research methodology: A developing position on Pacific research. Waikato Journal of Education, Te Hautaka Matauranga o Waikato, 12, pp. 21-34.