Pasifika

Pasifika

Kia orana, Noa’ia, Talofa lava, Mauri, Mālō e lelei, Tālofa, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālō ni and warm Pacific greetings. Our Pasifika collection brings together resources focusing on Pacific knowledge, heritage and identity, particularly those that support the learning and retention of Pacific languages and culture. 

Pasifika collections

Our Pasifika collections provide access to Pacific knowledge, heritage and identity, with a particular focus on helping Pacific Islanders retain their language and culture. This is a separate collection found only at Aranui Library and Ngā Moutere o te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / Pasifika on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga. Some of the same material is found in general collections held in all our libraries.

It includes resources in the following Pacific languages - NiueanRarotonganSamoanTokelauan and Tongan. A large proportion of the Pasifika language material is for children. Some titles for children in these languages are also in Family Place, Hapori | Community, Level 1.

Specialist staff are available to help with researching Pasifika topics including family history. Use the Book a Librarian form to make an appointment.

Pasifika display

Vā Pasifika – Christchurch City Libraries Pasifika Staff Network

Vā Pasifika bring the Pacific into our libraries and our libraries out to the Pacific.
In 2012 a number of Pasifika staff from the library formed a group with the aims of creating networking opportunities and support for Pasifika programmes and initiatives within Christchurch City Libraries. This group, known as Vā Pasifika, is made up of passionate Pasifika women from predominantly Samoan and Niuean backgrounds. Rosie, Malo, Jan-Hai, Betty, Ebony, Lorna and Tai see their role as helping to increase the level of engagement between local libraries and Pasifika communities.

Pasifika Language Weeks

Since 2010 The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has been supporting Pacific Language Weeks, promoting and raising awareness of the diversity of our Pacific Languages.

Pasifika Language Weeks

Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week

Ḁlalum 'ḁus 'e gasav ne fäeag rotuḁm te'is. Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week is on each year in May.

Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week

Tālofa lava. Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week is on each year in May / June.

Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week

Kam na bane ni mauri. Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week is on each year in July.

Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana! 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language week is on each year in August.

Tonga Language Week

Mālō e lelei. Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is on each year in September.

Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week

Talofa koutou. Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week is on each year in September / October.

Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week

Ni sa bula kece sara. Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week is on each year in October.

Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi tapu he vagahau - Niue Language Week is on each year in October.

Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau - Tokelau Language Week

Mālo ni. Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau - Tokelau Language Week is on each year in October.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana! 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language week is on each year in August.

Cook Islands general resources

A selection of Kuki Airani resources that cover language, culture and protocols. The list is for the whole family to enjoy.

Cook Islands Language Week Craft - Ei Katu

Kia orana. Cook Islands Language Week - Te 'epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani is on this week. Make an Ei Katu!

Find Cook Islands resources in our collection

Fiji

Fiji

Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week

Ni sa bula kece sara. Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week is on each year in October.

Fijian salusalu craft - Fijian Language Week

Salusalu is Fijian for necklace/garland. Tiresa shows how to make a simple version of your own.

Find Fijian resources in our collection

Kiribati

Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week

Kam na bane ni mauri. Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week is on each year in July.

Niue

Niue

Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi tapu he vagahau - Niue Language Week is on each year in October.

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.

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!

Find Niuean resources in our collection

Samoa

Samoa

Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week

Tālofa lava. Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week is on each year in May / June.

Diversity Awareness Month paper doll craft: Samoa

Learn about traditional clothing from Samoa and print and colour in your own paper dolls wearing Tuiga.

Samoa Language Week craft - Pale Fuiono

Talofa lava. Here is a Samoa Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa Craft from Tiresa.

Find Samoan resources in our collection

Tokelau

Tokelau

Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau - Tokelau Language Week

Mālo ni. Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau - Tokelau Language Week is on each year in October.

Tokelau general resources

Mālo ni. Here is a selection of Tokelauan resources that cover language, culture and protocols. Resources for children and adults.

Tokelau Language Week Craft - Taulima

Taulima are normally worn by both males and females during Tokelauan dance performances. Here is how to make your very own Taulima.

Find Tokelauan resources in our collection

Tonga

Tonga

Tonga Language Week

Mālō e lelei. Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is on each year in September.

Tonga Language Week craft: Kiekie

Mālō e Lelei. Enjoy this Tonga Language Week Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga craft from Tiresa.

Tongan general resources

A selection of Tongan resources that cover language, culture and protocols. The list is for the whole family to enjoy.

Find Tongan resources in our collection

Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week

Talofa koutou. Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week is on each year in September / October.

Tuvaluan Ili Craft - Tuvalu Language Week

Tālofa. Enjoy this Tuvaluan Ili Craft in Tuvalu Language Week Vaiaso o te ‘Gana Tuvalu.

Tuvalu general resources

Tālofa, here is a selection of Tuvalu resources that cover language, culture and climate - in both Tuvalu and English.
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