5 Jun 2017

Digital tech debated during Samoan language week

3:20 pm on 5 June 2017

The impact of digital technology on the Samoan language was debated as part of recent language week celebrations in Auckland.

Students and community members argued for and against on whether the Samoan language has any use in today's globalised world.

Some spoke about how the increased use of cell phones and social sites like Facebook influence the language, while others talked about the fact the language is what connects people to their culture.

AUT's Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

AUT's Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop Photo: AUT

AUT Professor of Pacific Studies, Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, said that it is not so well understood that technology impacts on the quality of family life.

She said it was important to stay culturally connected in this day and age.

"There are so many celebrations and it is so important to lift up the language and reconnect to one's cultural roots as we also celebrate 55 years of Samoan independence," Tagaloatele said.