A week to celebrate Fijian language

10 October 2018

SouthSeas Healthcare embraces Fijian Language Week

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.

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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
Sunday: CLOSED
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

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