A week to celebrate Fijian language
10 October 2018
This week, SouthSeas Healthcare acknowledges the richness of Fiji's language and culture by celebrating Fijian Language Week, with the theme 'Noqu Vosa Me'u Bula Taka' meaning My language, Learn it, Speak it, Live it.
Fijian language week provides SouthSeas staff the opportunity to learn, speak, and celebrate the richness of a Pacific language in their workplace and their interactions with patients.
Staff are encouraged to make the most out of Language Weeks, to have a general understanding and awareness of languages and cultures when interacting with clients and patients.
Celebrating language week can be fun, while at the same time raising awareness within the workplace.
The 2013 Census shows more than 14,000 Fijian citizens reside in New Zealand, with nearly 30 percent of Fijians able to hold an everyday conversation using their native language.
Here are some general Fijian words and phrases to try for the week;
Bula – Hello
Sa vakacava tiko? – How are you?
Kana – let's eat
Lotu – Church
Mone – Children
Chillow – Excuse me
Savica (pronounced savitha) ma ka loko – What's the time now?
Io (pronounced eo) – yes
Sega – no
Seganaleqa, Marau – No worries, be happy!
Dredre (pronounced ndrendre) – smile
Laugh – Veiwali
Kere Kere – Please
Vinaka – Thank You
Moce (pronounced "mothe") – Goodbye
Fijian Language Week runs from Sunday 7 October to Saturday 13 October 2018.
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm
Public Holidays: CLOSED
For After Hours Weekend and Holidays:
East Tamaki Healthcare, 160 Bairds Road, Otara
Phone: 09 274 3414
and East Care Health, 260 Botany Road, Botany
Phone: 09 277 1516