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Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week

Celebrated: 26 May – 1 June

The 2024 theme for Samoa Language Week is 'Tautua i le alofa, manuia le lumana’i – Serve in love for a blessed future'.

This theme derives from the overarching Language Week Series theme for 2024, 'Sustainability'. 

What does the phrase ‘Tautua i le alofa’ mean? The concept of tautua focuses on the phrase – “Serve in love”. Love is the driving force of service. No matter what service looks like or who is doing it, service is accomplished through the power of love. 

This year’s theme aims to clearly express the significance of service that is founded on love. Tautua can only be achieved through consistent development. Similarly, the maintenance of language is also achieved through service - through our values of love, respect, and especially in the vā fealoa’i (respectful relationships) that protect Samoan people.

Service begins in the family and continues in schools, villages, churches, in our communities and countries. Service is a practice that is not exclusive to certain people or ages, but rather, a process that begins at childhood and continues into adulthood. Our ongoing mission is the collective preservation of identity for our children into the future.

More resources for Samoa Language Week, including social media graphics and posters will be uploaded before the language week takes place, so check back for more soon!

Samoa Language Week resources

Simple greetings and phrases:

  • Hello (formal) - Talofa lava (MP3) - Download
  • How are you? (to one person) - O a mai oe (MP3) - Download
  • How are you? (to two people) - O a mai oulua (MP3) - Download
  • How are you? (to three or more people) - O a mai outou (MP3) - Download
  • Please - Fa'amolemole (MP3) - Download
  • Thank you - Fa'afetai (MP3) - Download
  • Goodbye - Tofa soifua (MP3) - Download
  • Happy Samoan Language Week - Manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa - (MP3) - Download

One file containing all resources, including: 

  • Email signatures
  • Posters and templates
  • Language Cards
  • Social media content
  • Audio files

(18 MB Zip file) - Download

Calendar of Events 2024

Event 

Time 

Venue 

Hosted by

Opening for Samoan Language Week 

10am 

Fale Pasifika Te Tai Tokerau 
22-24 Rust Avenue,  
Whangārei 0110 

Hosted by the Whangarei Samoan Community Committee 

Opening Lotu for Samoan Language Week 

2pm 

Papatoetoe High School 
19 Nicholson Avenue,  
Papatoetoe, Auckland 2025 

Hosted by Fotu o Mālama  

Samoan Language Week Opening, Combined Church service 

3pm 

Invercargill Christian Centre 

165 Leet Street,  
Invercargill 9810 

Hosted by Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT) 

Opening lotu for Samoan Language week  

4pm 

Fale o Samoa 
141 Bader Drive,  
Māngere, Auckland 2022 

Hosted FAGASA 

Opening lotu 

4pm 

Samoan Methodist Church 
5 Weraroa Road,   
Levin 5510 

 

Tauvaga Tautalaga, Vaiaso O Le Gagana Samoa 2024 

5pm – 6.30pm 

206 Songer Street 
Nelson 

Hosted by Fa'alapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman 

Event 

Time 

Venue 

Hosted by

Porirua Flag raising ceremony 

8am 

Porirua Peace Memorial  
Te Rauparaha Park, 
Lyttleton Avenue,  
Porirua 

 

Ava o le Feiloaiga 

8am 

Auckland Girls Grammar School 
16 Howe Street,  
Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011 

 

Ava o le Feiloaiga  

8am 

Staffroom, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 
2 Franklyne Road 

Otara, Auckland 2023 

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 

Lotu & sisiga fu’a 

8am 

Kelston Girls’ College 

1 Archibald Road,  

Kelston, Auckland 0600 

 

Flag raising ceremony 

9am 

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) 

 

WELTEC Whitreia Samoan Language week launch 

9am 

Whitireia Campus,  
3 Wi Neera Drive,  
Elsdon, Porirua 

 

Opening ceremony 

9.15am 

Makoura College Hall 
Makoura Road 
Masterton 

Hosted by Pasifika o Wairarapa Trust 

Samoan Language Week celebration 

9.30am – 1pm 

Multicultural Recreation & Community Centre 
455 Hagley Avenue 
Christchurch 

Hosted by Tino e Tasi Preschool Christchurch 

Opening lotu for Samoa Language Week 

10am 

EFKS Christchurch 
7 Vili Place, Woolston,  
Christchurch 8062 

Hosted by SAASIA. In person and online.  

Opening ceremony 

10am 

Glen Innes Library 
108 Line Road 

Glen Innes 

Auckland 

Hosted by Te Oro 

Launch of Samoa Language Week 

10.30am 

Victoria University of Wellington 
Kelburn Parade,  
Wellington 

 

Mafutaga Faifeau Launch of the Horowhenua Samoa Language Week

11am 

Samoan Methodist Church 
5 Weraroa Road,  
Levin 5510 

 

‘Ava Ceremony 

11am - 2pm 

Ti Kouka, Haere Roa 

University of Canterbury 
90 Ilam Road 
Ilam, Christchurch 

Hosted by Canterbury University Samoan Students Association 

Waitangirua community flag raising celebrations 

1pm 

Waitangirua Mall,  
260 Warspite Avenue,  
Porirua 

 

Flag raising ceremony 

2pm 

Hastings District Council 
207 Lyndon Road East,  
Hastings 4122 

 

Samoan speech, poetry, and song competition 

6pm 

Samoan Methodist Church 
5 Weraroa Road,  
Levin 5510 

 

Samoan Igi workshop 

6-8pm 

Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT) 
135 Bowmont Street 
Invercargill 

With Solofua Ioapo 

Event 

Time 

Venue 

Hosted by 

PEIT & Schools performances 

12pm 

Café, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) 

 

Galuega Taulima – Arts and crafts 

6pm – 8pm 

Performing Arts space 
Pataka Art + Museum 

17 Parumoana Street 
Porirua City Centre,  
Porirua 

Hosted by EFKS Ketesemane Mafutaga Tina 

Event 

Time 

Venue 

Hosted by

Samoan Stories and Songs 

10.00am 

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 
10 Bath Street 
Levin 5510 

 

Learning how to make panikeke and koko alaisa 

12pm 

Café, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) 

 

’O ata fa’asolo mai Samoa i aso anamua (Samoan film) 

12.30-1.30pm 

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground)  
National Library Wellington.  
Entrance on Aitken Street. 

Special screening of ‘’O ata fa’asolo mai Samoa i aso anamua‘ (Samoan film). 

Samoan traditional dance wear workshop 

3.30pm 

Māngere East Library 
370 Massey Road 
Māngere East 
Auckland 

Hosted by Māngere East Library 

Samoan Language Week Mass 

5.00pm 

De La Salle School Hall 
81 Gray Avenue 
Māngere East 
Auckland 

Hosted by De La Salle College 

Ailao/Fire dance workshop 

6-8pm 

Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT) 
135 Bowmont Street 
Invercargill 

With Ieti Toomalatai & IFC church 

Event 

Time 

Venue 

Hosted by 

Samoan Language Week celebration 

 TBC

He Waka Tapu 
161 Pages Road 
Christchurch 

Hosted by He Waka Tapu 

Samoan crafts - learning how to make a traditional Samoan headpiece 

12pm

M201 
Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) 

 

Event 

Time 

Venue 

Hosted by

Samoa costume making workshop 

9am – 10.30am 

Unitec Waitakere Campus 
Foyer space 
Building 500 Level 1 

Hosted by Unitec Pacific Centre 

Closing lotu for Samoan Language Week 

10am 

EFKS Palmerston North 
39 Havelock Avenue, Westbrook, Palmerston North 4412 

Hosted by SAASIA. In person and online.  

Samoan Women’s Health Event 

Arts and crafts 

10am 

Levin Memorial Hall 
Chamberlain Street,  
Levin 5510 

 

Samoan themed rhyme time for pre-schoolers 

10.30am 

Māngere East Library 
370 Massey Road 
Māngere East 
Auckland 

Hosted by Māngere East Library 

Samoa costume making workshop 

11.30am – 1pm 

Unitec Mt Albert Campus 
Te Puna (Building 180) 
(opposite Ask Me desk) 

Hosted by Unitec Pacific Centre 

Po Fiafia 

6pm 

Levin Memorial Hall 
Chamberlain Street,  
Levin 5510 

 

Sauniga Lotu Tu’ufa’atasi Samoa I Ueligitone.  Closing of Samoan Language Week and Launch of the Samoa Independence Week.

5.30pm – 7.30pm

EFKS Cannons Creek,

111 Castor Crescent,

Cannons Creek, Porirua

Mafutaga Faifeau Samoa I Ueligitone

Amataga Iti 

7pm 

Mangere Arts Centre - - Nga Tohu o Uenuku 
Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Māngere 
Auckland 

Hosted by Tuiga Dance Academy 

Event 

Time 

Venue 

Hosted by

Samoa Independence Day Annual Celebration – Sisiga fu’a, ‘ava & fa’afiafiaga 

9am 

Christchurch Town Hall  

Hosted by Christchurch Samoan Minister's Fraternal 

Samoa Independence Day celebrations 

10am 

Hall, Nelson Girls College 

Hosted by Nelson Tasman Pasifika Trust Community 

Samoa Independence Day Culture Day 

10am-3pm 

Hansen Hall 
133 Tay Street 

Invercargill 

Hosted by Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT) 

Samoa Independence Day celebrations 

 TBC

Horowhenua Events Centre 
33 Victoria Street,  
Levin 5510 

Flag raising ceremony 

Games/Sports 

Health Checks and Vaccination 

Samoan language week activities  

12pm 

Fale Pasifika Te Tai Tokerau 
22-24 Rust Avenue,  
Whangārei 0110 

Hosted by the Whangarei Samoan Community Committee 

Sisiga fu’a ceremony Independence Day celebration 

 

Kings House Church 

190 Riverbend Road,  
Meeanee, Napier 4110 

 

Amataga Iti 

1pm & 7pm 

Mangere Arts Centre - - Nga Tohu o Uenuku 
Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Māngere 
Auckland 

Hosted by Tuiga Dance Academy 

Uke Jam session with Loni 

2pm 

Māngere East Library 
370 Massey Road 
Māngere East 
Auckland 

Hosted by Māngere East Library 

Samoa Language Week Funding Recipients

Below are recipients of funding for community contributions towards Samoa Language Week preparations in 2023:

Organisation/Group Name

Location

Approved Amount

Initiative focus

SAASIA

Auckland

$10,000

Language learning through digital/online learning, traditional dance, arts and crafts, and music

Siva Komiti Tanetini

Otago

$1,800

Language learning through dance and music

Fa'alapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman

Nelson

$3,000

Language learning through traditional dance, community awareness events, oratory, and music

FAAGASA Inc

Auckland

 $10,000

Language learning through music, digital/online learning, traditional dance, arts and crafts, oratory, and community awareness events

Fotu o Malama Association

Auckland

$13,000

Language learning through digital/online learning, traditional dance, arts and crafts, oratory, community awareness events, and music

CCCS Otahuhu Youth Group

Auckland

$2,500

Language learning through oratory, and traditional dance

Autalavou EFKS New Lynn - Vavega o le Ola

Auckland

$3,450

Language learning through traditional dance, oratory and music

Pacific Media Network

Auckland

$4,000

Language learning through a community awareness event, traditional dance, and digital/online learning

Faugagana Committee

Wellington

$3,800

Language learning through arts and crafts, traditional dance, music, community awareness events, and oratory

Below are recipients of funding for community contributions towards Samoa Language Week preparations in 2022:

Organisation/Group Name

Location

Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

FAGASĀ 

Auckland

$12,000.00 

Gagana Samoa

Language week: language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music workshops 

Fotu o Malama Inc 

Auckland

$12,000.00 

Gagana Samoa

Language week: language learning through speech competition; arts and craft; traditional dance; and music workshops

SAASIA  

Auckland

$12,000.00  

Gagana Samoa

Language week: language learning through arts and craft; traditional dance; and music workshops

Fa'alapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman Trust 

Tasman-Nelson 

 $5,360.00  

Gagana Samoa

Language week: language learning workshops in schools; and arts and craft; traditional dance; and music workshops

Falelalaga Cultural and Education Centre  

Auckland

$5,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language week: language learning through oratory; storytelling; arts and craft; traditional and cultural practices, dance; and music workshops

Multicultural Aoraki 

Canterbury 

$2,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language week: language learning through Community Awareness Events; arts and craft; traditional dance; and music workshops

Ola Taumafai Charitable Trust Timaru

Canterbury 

$1,413.00

Gagana Samoa

Language week: language learning through Community Awareness Events; arts and craft; traditional dance; and music workshops

Below are recipients of funding for community contributions towards Samoa Language Week preparations in 2021:

Organisation/Group Name

Location

 Approved Amount

Language

Initiative focus

Aiga Samoa Far North

Kaitaia

5,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through church resources, cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

CCCS Youth

Invercargill

5,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

FAGASA

Auckland

15,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

Fotu O Mālama

Auckland

15,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

Lorenzo Kaisara

Auckland

5,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music

SAASIA

Auckland

15,000.00

Gagana Samoa

Language learning through cultural practices, oratory, storytelling, arts and craft, dance and music