Over the past two decades, the Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to become New Zealand's premier Indian cultural festival, showcasing traditional and contemporary Indian culture and Auckland's diverse Indian communities.
DIWALI – THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
The Auckland Diwali Festival takes its inspiration from Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world. Colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.
Namaste, Happy Diwali!
A huge thank you once again to Russell Sua and Bryan Leilua for sharing this wonderful resource: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1uV4tJyjYSaUHk_MQ4dYb5feeqJJR-o6XXKiZ48V9EVo/edit?usp=sharing
More information can be found at this link: https://www.aucklandnz.com/cultivate/diwali
Manuia te taeao,Thank you to Russell Sua and Brian Leilua for sharing this excellent resource with us: Tokelau Language Week
This year’s theme for Te vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau – Tokelau Language Week is Tokelau! Tapui tau gagana ma tau aganuku, i te manaola ma te lautupuola which means Tokelau! Preserve your language and culture, to enhance spiritual and physical wellbeing.
This is a powerful reminder about the importance of preserving Pacific languages and cultures. Tapui refers to preparing the soil for plants to thrive and bear fruit. The term ‘tapui’ is used to emphasise the work we are called to do to maintain and promote Tokelau language and culture.
This year’s theme reflects the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing. Due to COVID-19 Alert Levels Tokelau Language Week will be celebrated online. Celebrate and connect online by visiting the official NZ Tokelau Language Week Facebook page!
OFFICIAL ONLINE OPENING CEREMONY
The official online opening ceremony for Tokelau Language Week will be livestreamed on the NZ Tokelau Language Week Facebook page at 4pm on Sunday 24 October.
OFFICIAL ONLINE CLOSING CEREMONY
The official online closing ceremony for Tokelau Language Week will be livestreamed on the NZ Tokelau Language Week Facebook page at 4pm on Saturday 30 October.
Our student leaders have put together a really cool video of their thoughts and reasons about why having a Covid vaccination is important to them, their whanau, friends and community.The vaccine video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hWMN_3m7KlONh7EGwytNbVztdaPlhXdf/view?
This year’s theme for Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week is Kia Tupuolaola e Moui he Tagata Niue which means May the Tagata Niue thrive.
Kia tupuolaola e moui he Tagata Niue, reminds us of the importance of our Pacific languages and cultures and how they contribute to spiritual, emotional, physical and social wellness for prosperity and wealth in the home, community and nation.
Due to COVID-19 Alert Levels across Aotearoa Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week will be celebrated online. More details about the online activities and events will be coming soon.
Take the time to watch this Instagram post of the very talented Malcolm Lakatani a well-known musical artist who is also one of our Niuean tutors. You will hear a familiar tune if you were blessed to see our Niuean group perform and if you watch close enough you will see a photo of our group: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CVHnAFaMnyL/?utm_medium=copy_link
Celebrate and connect online by visiting the official NZ Niue Language Week Facebook page!
Our Pasific Pride leaders have put this resource together for you. Please make note of slide 7, this is our very own Niuean Group who placed 3rd overall in the ASB Polyfest earlier in the year.
Some of you may remember Russel Sua, he has also shared with us this rich resource which will be helpful as we work through this week: Niuean Language Week 2021
OFFICIAL ONLINE OPENING CEREMONY
The official online opening ceremony for Niue Language Week will be livestreamed on NZ Niue Language Week Facebook page at 5pm on Sunday 17 October.
This year’s theme for Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week was Noqu Vosa, Ai Vakadei ni Noqu Tiko Vinaka, which means my language provides stability to my wellbeing.
Noqu Vosa ai vakadei ni noqu Tiko Vinaka, reminds us of the importance of our Pacific languages and cultures for our overall wellbeing. Pacific languages and cultures also provide strength in challenging times.
This year’s theme reflects the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing.
Due to COVID-19 Alert Levels across Aotearoa Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week was celebrated online.The Pasific Pride leaders and supporting staff have put a power point together to celebrate Fijian Language week. Join in the week by swapping out key words in emails or opening your classes recognising the events this week. The Kokoda recipe is Mrs Prasad’s so get in amongst it and have a go: Fijian Language Week
Vinaka vakalevu, Pasific Pride Leaders
Connect online by visiting the official NZ Fijian Language Week Facebook page.