Tongan Language Week celebrated
10 September 2018
SouthSeas Healthcare celebrated Tongan Language Week with the aim of strengthening learning languages in the workplace.
The Tongan culture and language is important to SouthSeas Healthcare culture, as is honouring the Tongan staff serving in the organisation.
It is about strengthening Pacific language, recognising the diversity of staff, acknowledging the raft of Pacific languages and culture existing within SouthSeas and how important language is in their dealing with clients, families and communities they serve.
Tongan staff led a sing-along, including a demonstration of the kava ceremony, traditional performances, and a taste of Tongan food as their way of embracing their identity of being Tongan in the workplace.
There are over 60,000 Tongans in New Zealand, making them the third largest Pacific community after Samoans and Cook Islanders.
Currently, there are more Tongan people born in New Zealand than there are in Tonga.
The theme of this year's Tongan Language Week is Fakakoloa 'o Aotearoa 'aki 'a e 'Ofa Fonua' - 'Enrich Aotearoa with the love of duty and service to country, community and people’.
The Tongan Language week aims to celebrate the connection to Tongan culture in New Zealand.
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