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Tongan Language celebrated in NZ vital for preservation of cultural values and identity

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 04/09/2017

 

Tongan Language Week in New Zealand celebrates the ethnicity of more than sixty thousand Tongans focusing on ways of enriching Aotearoa with our family values.

 

The week provides opportunities to celebrate the Tongan language, through music, traditional dances, poems, food, crafts and other values.

 

The official launch was held by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples in Auckland where Alfred Ngaro said the week was about celebrating language at home and with family.

 

Meanwhile in Tonga, Professor Siosiua Lafitani of the Lo’au University commends this program being celebrated overseas as it assists in preserving our vernacular language.

 

He says language is what stays the longest in our DNA as it was written in our DNA in centuries and has passed on from generation to generation.

 

This program is annually celebrated in New Zealand and provides meaning to young people of all nationalities living in New Zealand.

 

Over 60,000 Tongans are living in New Zealand.

 

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