Samoa Week celebrations
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.
Traditional atire: Brenda Alefaio was among the aspirants for the Miss