Samoa Week cel­e­bra­tions

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Tairangi School’s hall was awash with colour, mu­sic and dance last Wed­nes­day as part of Samoan Lan­guage Week cel­e­bra­tions.

A fash­ion show and Miss and Mr Samoa com­pe­ti­tion were among the ac­tiv­i­ties.

A lot of prepa­ra­tion had been done in the lead-up, deputy prin­ci­pal Olive Masina said.

‘‘It was a big day for the staff and the stu­dents. Samoan lan­guage and cul­ture has a big role to play at Tairangi, so this week is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to us,’’ she said.

Masina said par­ent in­volve­ment in the week’s events was cru­cial.

Par­ents do­nated the prizes to the best groups who danced on stage and for Mr and Miss Samoa – Fer­do­cious Seu-Le­niu and Tafaoga Pusa Pi­toau re­spec­tively.

Samoan sports were played on Thurs­day and a huge lunch at Tairangi School, with some vol­un­teers com­ing in at 6am to start cook­ing, capped off the week on Fri­day.

Samoan Lan­guage Week was cel­e­brated in sev­eral schools and churches in Porirua last week.

Samoans make up half of New Zealand’s Pa­cific pop­u­la­tion and Samoan is the third most com­monly spo­ken lan­guage in the coun­try.

Pho­tos: KRIS DANDO/ KAPI-MANA NEWS

Tra­di­tional atire: Brenda Ale­faio was among the as­pi­rants for the Miss

Samoa com­pe­ti­tion.

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