Theme reinforces importance of language and culture

This week we’re celebrating Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue / Niue Language Week.

This year’s theme, Kia tupuolaola e moui he Tagata Niue, reminds us of the importance of our Pacific languages and cultures and how they contribute to spiritual, emotional, physical and social wellness for prosperity and wealth in the home, community and nation.

“When we look at the challenges our people have faced due to the impact of the global pandemic it can be completely overwhelming,” said the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio while launching the week.”

“However, if we turn to what’s constant in our lives which for Pacific peoples is our spirituality and faith, our extended families and collective values, our language and culture the unknown doesn’t seem so daunting after all.”

Mr Sio said it was vital that families continue to develop and grow and embrace opportunities and set goals so they may move forward, despite the challenges and distractions of life.

He said this was made possible by using a cultural lens and holistic approach and solving complex challenges, and by seeking the wisdom and experiences captured in stories of proud and brave people with strong physical, emotional and physical and social connectiveness to their ancestors our families.

Niue Language Week is the second to last of the 2021 Pacific Language Weeks series and activities and events will be delivered online due to recent Covid-19 restrictions.

The number of people in New Zealand, who identify as Niuean is 30,867, according to the 2018 Census, with the population increasing steadily over the past two decades.

“We are inspired by Niue achieving 97% vaccination of its eligible population. Following the leadership of our families and friends in Niue, I encourage the Niueans of Aotearoa to take up your Covid-19 vaccination. Do it to keep yourselves, your families and communities safe,” added Mr Sio.