Niue Language Week - Vagahau Niue Week celebrates the culture and language of the more than 23,883 people of Niuean heritage who live in New Zealand.1 There are over 495 people of Niuean heritage in Christchurch.2 This page highlights our resources about Niue and the Niuean language. Fakaalofa lahi atu! Niuean Language Week was held from Sunday 14 October to Saturday 20 October 2018.
Fakaalofa lahi atu! 2019 Niuean Language Week is on from Sunday 13 October to Saturday 19 October.
2018 Niue Language Week - Vagahau Niue Week events at your library
Matua Tupuna / Grandparents Day Wednesday 17 October 10.30am to 2.30pm at Aranui Library
Older adult event sharing Niuean stories, songs and music. Frangipani Geneology connections to Niue. Shared light lunch.
Rocket club – Niuean themed craft Wednesday 17 October 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Aranui Library
Craft making traditional envelopes made of sustainable materials with Niuean language greetings. Colouring in available.
Niuean Storytime Thursday 18 October 10.30am to 11am at Aranui Library
Sharing stories and songs in Niuean with Malo and staff.
Facts on Niue / Folafolaaga hagaaoia ke he motu ko Niue
- Niue is an elevated coral atoll with fringing coral reefs encircling steep limestone cliffs. It has a landmass of 259km and its highest point is about 60 metres above sea level.
- The island is commonly referred to as “The Rock”, a reference to Niue being one of the biggest raised coral islands in the world.
- Niueans are citizens of New Zealand.
- The capital of Niue is the village of Alofi.
- Niue (pronounced “New-e (‘e’ as in ‘end’ – which means ‘behold the coconut’) may be the world’s smallest independent nation.
- Niue lies 2400 km northeast of New Zealand between Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands.
Find Niuean resources in our collection
- Resources in Niuean
- Bilingual Niuean-English dictionaries
- Children's stories in Niuean
- Resources about Niue
- Children's resources about Niue
- Niue in Britannnica Library Adults
- Niue in World Book Online Reference Center
Niuean language and culture
- Vagahau Niue Language Week from the Human Rights Commission
- Read Pasifika salutations on the Pacific Languages Week webpage, Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
- Vagahau Niue Trust which is responsible for events and activities associated with Vagahau Niue
- Vagahau Niue Language Week from Te Kete Ipurangi, including links to useful Vagahau Niue words and phrases [155KB PDF]
- All about the Rock blog post from Te Papa Tongarewa
- 1. Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census ethnic group profiles: Niuean, accessed 9 October 2015
- 2. NZ.Stat, Ethnic group (total responses), for the census usually resident population count, 2001, 2006, and 2013 Censuses, accessed 9 October 2015