26 May 2015

Samoan language celebrated in NZ

12:54 pm on 26 May 2015

It is Samoan Language Week in New Zealand, and people throughout the country are taking part in debates, cooking traditional Samoan food and attending cultural performances.

Pastor Chris Sola, who is Samoan Maori, says this week's celebration of the language is vital for its survival in New Zealand.

"I think it's a starting point. I think schools are a good context for that. I think churches play a huge role in that as well but certainly having a week like this is certainly going to put it out there for our communities and our families."

Samoan is the third most spoken language in New Zealand and the second most spoken in Auckland.

Samoan Language Week 2015

Samoan Language Week 2015 Photo: Ministry Of Pacific Island Affairs