Tongan Language Week is under way, celebrating Tongan culture and language in New Zealand.
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says the celebrations are a good time to reflect on what the Tongan community brings to New Zealand.
‘‘We have witnessed outstanding contributions in academia, business, sports, arts and culture, and we want to encourage and support more of this success,’’ Ms Parata says.
The theme for the week is Fakakoloa ’o Aotearoa – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan language and culture.
This year’s Tongan Language Week is the second to be held in New Zealand. The first was launched during the Rugby World Cup last year.
Census figures show that 50,000 Tongans live in New Zealand and just over 60 per cent speak the language.