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06 • 09 • 2018
Community

Students celebrate Tongan Language week

Tongan students at ACG Sunderland are commemorating Tongan Language week by wearing ta’ovala or kiekie to school, and it is a week in which they can express their pride in their Tongan heritage.

 Malo e laumalie. Greetings to the ACG Sunderland community!

Since 2011, Tongan language and culture has been celebrated annually in Aotearoa New Zealand during Tongan Language week. Each year, a different context is used to share these koloa (living treasures) with Tongan and non-Tongan alike. This year the theme is:

Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E Ofa Fonua: Enrich Aotearoa with the love and duty of service to country, community and people.

Tongan students at ACG Sunderland are commemorating Tongan Language week by wearing ta’ovala or kiekie to school.

The ta’ovala is the traditional woven mat that is worn by Tongans, in the way a suit and tie is worn by Westerners. Wearing a Ta’ovala is worn to show respect.

The Kiekie is worn around the waist of women dressing up to go out. It can be described as a belt with strands that hang down below the knee.

For the Tongan ACG Sunderland students, it is a week in which they can express their pride in their Tongan heritage.

Malo aupito, ‘ofa atu. Thank you and best wishes to all.