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Samoa Language Week celebrated at SouthSeas


06 June 2018


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SouthSeas Healthcare staff celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa

Samoan language was celebrated from 27 May to 2 June in New Zealand and SouthSeas Healthcare staff put on their own display to embrace and celebrate it.

Language Weeks are a good opportunity for organisations around the country to recognise the importance of learning languages in their workplace.

The theme for Samoan Language Week 2018 is “Alofa atu nei. Alofa mai taeao – Kindness given. Kindness gained.”

Silao Vaisola-Sefo, SouthSeas CEO says the theme for Samoan Language resonates with what is at the heart of what they do at SouthSeas Healthcare; the spirit of inclusivity.

“At the heart of the relationships our staff build with our families and vice versa, is trust and kindness. For us, this year’s language week theme reflects our belief that it’s about looking beyond ourselves as individuals by reaching out to others, which is the underlying foundation for building strong relationships founded on trust and kindness.“

Samoan is the third most spoken language in New Zealand (after English and te reo Māori). 

Samoans also make up the highest proportion of the Pacific population in New Zealand, and Census 2013 recorded almost 145,000 New Zealanders identifying themselves as being of Samoan ethnicity.

A range of events were held across the country to celebrate a week of learning and embracing the Samoan language.

SouthSeas Healthcare encourage strengthening Pacific languages in their workplace, and this year they ended Samoan Language Week with a luncheon celebration to honour Samoan staff serving in their organisation.

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