posted: 11:00 am - 23rd May 2018
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Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio announces the launch for Samoan Language Week 2018 and explains the meaning behind this year's theme for the week…

“Samoan Language Week; the first of seven Pacific Language weeks for 2018, is being celebrated from Sunday May 27 to Saturday June 2. IMG 5678

The Official launch takes place on Sunday May 27, from 5pm to 7.30pm at Fale Samoa, Corner of Bader Drive and Mascot Avenue, Mangere, in Auckland. 

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples is working in partnership with FAGASA, the Organisation for Teaching Samoan in Aotearoa, to organise the official launch event.   

The programme will be led by the children, as it will be through them that the Samoan language will continue to thrive. Please feel free to attend if you have time. 

This year’s theme for the week is, ‘Alofa atu nei. Alofa mai taeao’, or in English, ‘Kindness given, kindness gained’.  

The theme resonates across many cultures but for me personally, it acknowledges the importance and value of reciprocity within the Samoan culture. 

Reciprocity is a practice based on the foundations of alofa (kindness/love), mutual respect (ava fatafata) and the belief that Samoans are related.  

Reciprocation recognises the existence of le va (sacred boundaries and connections) between people (tagata), environment (siosiomaga) and spiritual matters (mataupu fa’aleagaga). 

It follows the cultural belief (aganu’u) that acts of kindness creates acts of kindness and that the giver of kindness will always be remembered when they are in need or in crisis.   

So when everyone shows kindness and acts with care and compassion towards one another, then individuals, aiga, community – nu’u ma le ekalesia, and the country will thrive.  

Everyone benefits. 

I encourage you to take part in Samoan Language Week by attending events, using Samoan greetings such as Talofa, Malo, Soifua Manuia, and promoting the celebrations within your offices and local communities. 

A calendar of key events and language resources with Samoan greetings and phrases, are all available and can be downloaded from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples website at MPP

Ia manuia le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa.” 

Hon Aupito William Sio

Minister for Pacific Peoples 

Phrases for Samoan language Week 2018: 

Talofa lava


Malo le soifua

Hello/good health  (a more formal greeting)

Tofa soifua


la manuia le aso

Have a good day

la manuia le afiafi

Have a good evening

O a mai oe?

How are you?

Manuia fa’afetai

Fine thank you

Tulou lava

Excuse me

Fa’amalie atu





Thank you

la manuia le malaga

Have a safe journey

Ia manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa

Have a happy (blessed) Samoan Language Week