Samoan Language Week!

By Chloe B | Posted: Tuesday June 1, 2021

Talofa! This week is Samoan Language Week. Chloe from Room 9 interviewed Miss Wilkinson to find out more about this year's themes and why the event is important.

1. Why do you think Samoan Language week is so special?

It is an opportunity for people to learn more about the Samoan language, as it is the third most commonly spoken language in NZ. I think it is so special because it is a week where we can really celebrate Samoa's language, culture and traditions.

2. What is the theme for Samoan Language Week this year?

Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive. When you’re building a foundation for a fale (house) it can’t have a weak foundation or posts. This is the same for the foundations of our families, schools and churches that play an important role in strengthening Gagana Samoa (the Samoan Language). Language is important for the foundations of our overall wellbeing (from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples website).

3. What are some of the ways we can make our community aware of Samoan Language Week?

Taking part in the online activities happening at Casebrook, spreading and using Samoan language when we can. It is also a great that we are putting it into this newsletter as it spreads more awareness in the community. 

4. What is one thing that you're most proud of about your Samoan heritage?

Oh, that is a hard question! Probably the traditions we uphold and how we put family at the forefront of everything. I'm also pretty proud of our food; it's pretty yum!