Niue Language Week – Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue

Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi Tapu he Vagahau - Niue Language Week is on from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 October 2024.

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Niue Language Week - Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue celebrates the culture and language of the 30,867 people of Niuean heritage who live in New Zealand. According to the 2018 Census, 669 people of Niuean heritage reside in Christchurch. This page highlights our resources about Niue and the Niuean language.

The 2023 Niuean Language Week theme was:

Fakatūleva e Vagahau Niue mo e Tau Aga Fakamotu ma e Tau Atuhau
Sustain Niue Language and Culture for Future Generations.

Malo reads Food in Niue Tau Mena Kai, by Carolyn Collis.
Thanks to Carolyn for letting us share this story.

Niue Language Week Craft - Kahoa

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Niue Language Week - Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue is on from Sunday 18 October. Make a Kahoa!

Niue general resources

Fakalofalahi atu. Here's a selection of Vagahau Niue resources that cover language, culture and protocols. The list is for the whole family.

Find Niuean resources in our collection

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

  • Niue in Britannnica Library Adults
  • Niue in World Book Online Reference Center

Niuean language and culture

Census Information

Statistics New Zealand, 2018 Niuean ethnic group


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