Tokelau Language Week – Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau

Tokelau Language Week - Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau celebrates the culture and language of the more than 7,100 people of Tokelauan heritage who live in New Zealand.1 There are over 80 people of Tokelauan heritage in Christchurch.2 2017 Tokelau Language Week runs from Sunday 29 October to Saturday 4 November.

This page highlights our resources about Tokelau and the Tokelauan language.

Tokelau Language Week

Tokelau Language Week

The 2016 Tokelau Language Week ran from Sunday 23 October to Saturday 29 October.

The theme was

Pokotau ki au kapuga – Ke mau mai tau foe
Challenge the size of the swirl made by your paddle

This theme encourages Tokelauan families to take every opportunity available to learn, teach and hold on to their language, culture and identity.

Find Tokelau resources in our collection

Tokelauan language and culture


1. Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census ethnic group profiles: Tokelauan, accessed 13 October 2015

2. NZ.Stat, Ethnic group (total responses), for the census usually resident population count, 2001, 2006, and 2013 Censuses, accessed 13 October 2015