20 Oct 2016

Niueans work to revive dying language

5:25 pm on 20 October 2016

The Niuean community is hoping that this week's Niuean language celebrations around New Zealand will help to revive their dying language.

This week's theme focuses on the maintenance, retention and development of Vagahau Niue.

While 74 percent of Niueans around the world live in New Zealand, only about 13 percent of them can speak the language.

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Photo: Ministry of Pacific Peoples

Events such as community quiz nights, song workshops in schools and other celebrations around the country are aimed at helping people understand more about Vagahau Niue.

Amanda Patutaue chairs the Niuean Youth Network and said she's hoping more Niueans in New Zealand will use the language every day.

"We are trying our best now and it's up to the upcoming youth, or the younger generation, to carry that on, to continue this push to use the Niuean language," Ms Patutaue said.