LAN­GUAGE WEEK

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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