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Tālofa! I'ts Tuvalu Language Week


02 October 2018


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SouthSeas celebrates vaiaso o te gana Tuvalu

Tuvalu Language Week gives SouthSeas Healthcare a great reason to celebrate all things Tuvaluan.

In light of Tuvalu language week, SouthSeas Healthcare staff have shaped their conversation around Tuvalu and recognising the contribution of Tuvaluan staff in SouthSeas’ work.

Some of the Tuvaluan phrases this week staff are learning are;

“Talofa” - Greetings
“Ea koe?” - How are you?
“Au e malosi fakafetai” - I am well thank you
“A koe e fano ki fea!” - Where are you going?
“A koe e fia kai?” - Are you hungry?
“A koe e fia inu?” - Are you thirsty?
“Tofa!” - Good bye
“Manuia te po!” - Have a good night

Tuvalu is one of the world’s smallest nations and their language is classified by UNESCO as vulnerable. Tuvalu’s population is around 11,000 and just over three and a half thousand Tuvaluans live in New Zealand.

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Su’a William Sio says the Tuvalu community is one of the smallest Pacific communities in New Zealand but what they lack in size they certainly make up for in energy.

The theme for Tuvalu Language Week 2018 is “Tuvalu faka’na ki te Atua. Fakatumau au tu mo faifaiga. Tautua mo Aotearoa” which means in English “Tuvalu, trust in God. Nurture your cultural values and heritage. Serve Aotearoa”.

Tuvalu is the fourth in a series of seven Pacific Language Weeks celebrated by New Zealand and this year also marks Tuvalu’s 40th anniversary of independence.

This Pacific Language Week provides a week of celebrations for SouthSeas through music, song, dance, food and language, culminating in a shared lunch at the end of the week.

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