Celebrating Samoan Language Week

June 3, 2022

Learning new words in Samoan, sharing useful information and resources, eating Samoan food, decorating the office and tuning into a presentation from our own staff who are Samoan; best describes how we spent Samoan Language Week this year.

Celebrating diversity and learning about different cultures is important, which is why we made sure we celebrated Samoan Language Week with our staff.

Our Good Loans Advisor, Cathy Faaui-Siakumi said:

“I’ve loved sharing my culture with my team this week and they’ve been so keen to learn, which has made this week so fun.”

Samoa has a unique historical relationship with New Zealand. It is the only nation that New Zealand has a Treaty of Friendship. The Treaty of Friendship between Samoa and New Zealand is about a commitment to partnership, friendship and a mutual endeavour to obtain for Tagata Samoa – fuller opportunities for social progress. Language is critical in achieving this.

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa – Samoa Language Week is Fa’aāuāu le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai – Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean.

As part of this year’s overarching theme of ‘Sustainability’, the Samoan community chose a theme that would reflect the journey of language revitalisation and maintenance, as well as recognising the importance of having the right tools, good leadership skills, relationships and the correct medium (va’a) that is adaptable to faring the ocean and its elements.

Cathy said:

“I am proud to be working at an organisation that prioritises diversity and celebrates our differences.”

We’re also proud to see Sara-Jane, one of our Board members, discussing Samoan Language Week and how she connects to Samoan culture on Shine Today.

You can watch Sara-Jane’s interview by clicking here.

Samoan Language Week is Sunday, 29th May – Saturday, 4th June, 2022

Click here to learn more about Samoan Language Week


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