Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoan Language Week
28th May 2023
Celebrate: Sunday 28 May - Saturday 3 June
The theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2023 is ‘Mitamita i lau gagana, maua’a lou fa’asinomaga’ which means ‘Be proud of your language and grounded in your identity’.
This year's theme focuses on the importance of the Samoan language and identity. It impresses on us the need not only to understand the Samoan language, but to also use it as much as possible. When you are proud of your language and can speak it, you will also be more grounded in your identity as a Samoan.
Mitamita i lau gagana, maua’a lou fa’asinomaga encourages Samoan language pride in four key areas:
- Be proud of your ancestral language
- Be proud of your spiritual language
- Be proud of your language in your families
- Be proud of your written language
Visit MPP Samoa Language Week 2023 for more information, activities and events.
Le manuia vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa!!
Welcome to Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2023.
Widely known as one of the epicenters of the Pacific, Samoa is approximately a 4-hour plane trip from Aotearoa. Today, Western Samoa is an independent country that was once under New Zealand governance and gagana Samoa is the third-most spoken language in New Zealand. This year the Library wants to celebrate the knowledge and mana of Samoa
Our experts have brought together treasures by Samoan academics, artists, writers and musicians. Set the mood for a seki (cool) week by turning up to the Library’s Spotify playlist ‘<3 from Samoa’. Then delve into our collections for educational resources and materials about Samoa. You’ll find titles to help you learn gagana Sāmoa and many more! Entertain yourself with The Laughing Samoans and choose your late-night readings from our list of resources. Finally, don’t forget to visit the Hamilton campus to take a selfie with none other than Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson.
Disclaimer: Not the real Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson