Debate shows student insight

posted: 11:00 am - 31st May 2018
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Issues around topics, Ua leai se alofa I totonu o aiga Samoa – There is no caring in Samoan families now and A leai se tupe, ua leai se alofa – If there is no money, there is no love, were discussed at the Auckland Samoan Secondary Schools Debate. 

The debate was staged during Samoan Language Week 2018, as a way to celebrate and utilise the Samoan language and identity, so these things can be carried on to the next generation. 

At just under 150,000, Samoans comprise the country’s fourth largest ethnic group and 49 percent of New Zealand’s Pacific population. 

Approximately two-thirds of all Samoans living in New Zealand reside in Auckland – which boasts the largest Polynesian population in the world. 

Schools are shining examples of multi-cultural New Zealand, and four Auckland secondary schools with a large Samoan student base participated in the debate, held at Otahuhu Library, organised by Auckland Council Libraries. 

Debate one featured students from De La Salle College versus Southern Cross Campus students, who discussed and argued Ua leai se alofa I totonu o aiga Samoa – There is no caring in Samoan families now, with De La Salle taking the honours. 

The second debate of the event focused on A leai se tupe, ua leai se alofa – If there is no money, there is no love. 

McAuley Girls High School went up against Aorere College around this topic, and came up trumps. 

The event was a great success, with not only the Samoan language being celebrated during the annual Samoan Language Week, but also some important cultural topics being discussed by young New Zealand Samoans, who shared their perspectives and insights.

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