14 Oct 2017

Fiji language week ends in NZ

8:19 am on 14 October 2017

Fiji Language Week ends today in New Zealand, where the country celebrated the theme 'My language, learn it, speak it, live it'.

Members of Dr Vunidilo's Fijian Language class.Members of Dr Vunidilo's Fijian Language class.

Members of Dr Vunidilo's Fijian Language class. Photo: Supplied/ Ministry of Pacific People

A wide range of events and activities were planned across the nation by universities, public libraries held activities and youth debates in the communities.

Pacific broadcaster John Pulu, who is of Tongan descent, decided to learn the language this year to connect with his father's Fijian side.

Mr Pulu said learning Fijian has made him more wealthier and encourages all to embrace the language.

"Got some Fijian connection or some connection to Fiji, this is your opportunity to make a real effort to help with the survivial, the revival of vosa vaka viti (Fiji language)" he said.

"There's a lot more Pasifika people living abroad and so we adopt a different culture, but sometimes we forget about how rich our own cultures are and this is our chance to keep it alive and take it forward."

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