Tokelauan Language Week – Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau

Tokelauan 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

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

Tokelauan Language Week 2018 is on from Sunday 21 October to Saturday 27 October. 

Tokelau Language Week

Tokelauan Language Week 2017

The 2017 Tokelauan Language Week ran from Monday 23 October to Sunday 29 October.

The theme is

Tokelau ke mau ki te Gagana a nā tupuna auā he tofi mai te Atua
Tokelau hold fast to the language of your ancestors because it is an inheritance from God

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