Niue Language Week – Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Niue Language Week - Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue 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. 2019 Niue Language Week is on from Sunday 13 October to Saturday 19 October. 

The theme for this year is:

Tokiofa, ofania, mokoina e vagahau Niue.
Treasure, love and cherish the Niue language.

Niue Language Week - Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue library events 2019

Family Makerspace Monday 14 October 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Come along and make your very own Niuean leaf envelope and write a message for someone you would like to celebrate or thank.
Free, no bookings required. Aranui Library.

Niuean Storytime Thursday 17 October 10.30am to 11am

Enjoy stories, songs and rhythms in vagahau Niue.
Free, no bookings required. Aranui Library.

Family Makerspace Saturday 19 October 2.30pm to 4pm

Join Pasifika Librarians in weaving a Niuean Lili (table mat) to use at home. Come along to the Hapori floor's Creative Space to have fun, create, craft and make cool stuff.
Free, no bookings required. Creative Space, Hapori | Community, Level 1, Tūranga

View events in the calendar.

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

Cover of Tale of Niue NukututahaCover of NiueCover of Tohi vagahau Niue / Niue Language dictionary

Niuean language and culture


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