Tongan Language Week – Uike ‘o e Lea Tonga

Tongan Language Week - Uike ‘o e Lea Tonga celebrates the culture and language of the more than 60,000 people of Tongan heritage who live in New Zealand.1 2019 Tongan Language Week is on from Sunday 1 September to Saturday 7 September.

Tongan is spoken by over 650 people in Christchurch.2 This page highlights our resources about Tonga and the Tongan language.

2018 Tongan Language Week ran from Sunday 2 September to Saturday 8 September.

The theme is:

Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E Ofa Fonua
Enrich Aotearoa with the love and duty of service to Country, Community, and People

Find Tongan resources in our catalogue

Tongan language


1. Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census ethnic group profiles: Tongan, accessed 7 August 2015

2. Christchurch City Council, 15 Most Commonly Spoken Languages, Age and Ethnicity, Stats and Facts on Christchurch, Census 2013, accessed 7 August 2015