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Kiribati (Te taetae ni Kiribati) Language Week takes place on Sunday 9 July to Saturday 15 July 2023. 

Acknowledge the Kiribati speakers in your classroom, your school, and the wider community by participating in Te taetae ni Kiribati Language Week. Raise the mana of speakers of Te taetae ni Kiribati, boost the advantages of bilingualism, and support inclusion. 

Find and acknowledge the experts in your school and community who can help your school celebrate Te taetae ni Kiribati Language Week.

Language resources

Kirabati Language Week
NZC Online provides curriculum connections and ideas about how you, your class, and your school can participate in this language week.


Pacific Language cards  – Te taetae ni Kiribati
These cards are tailored to non-speakers of the language as a good starting point. Included is: a pronunciation guide, the alphabet, everyday phrases, a short prayer, and a hymn.


Ministry for Pacific Peoples

Resources for Kiribati Language Week 2023
Downloadable resources from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. 


Omniglot the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages

Useful phrases in Kiribati
A collection of useful phrases in Kiribati from the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages. The site also provides information about Kiribati and numbers in Kiribati.


Christchurch City Libraries – Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi

Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week
Resources for use in the classroom from Christchurch city libraries.


Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum

Kiribati Language Week
Auckland War Memorial Museum shares Kiribati items from its collections and shares a video of knowledge holders visiting our Kiribati collection at the Museum

School stories

Taeang Erika talks about teaching the Kiribati language at Finlayson Park School – the only school in New Zealand teaching the Kiribati language.


A Journey into the Pacific: Research aimed at improving the ability of students from Tuvalu and Kiribati to access to New Zealand education

Teresa Thomson, Principal KingsGate School Pukekohe presents finding from her study.  

The purpose her study was to add to an existing high-quality ESOL programme. She investigated whether cultural elements specific to students from Kiribati and Tuvalu had an impact on students’ ability to learn.


Episode 10: Te taetae ni Kiribati: Kabouan tain rongorongo iaon COVID-19 12 October 2020
Video features young people from a range of ages speaking in Kiribati about COVID-19 protocols. You can use this video to help your students gain an "ear" for te taetae ni Kiribati.

Search YouTube for other episodes.


Te taetae ni Kiribati (Kiribati language) and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand 15 July 2020
Sean Mallon, Te Papa's Senior Curator Pacific Cultures interviews Rose Namoori-Sinclair who is from Tabiteuea Island in Kiribati. 

Currently working as UN Coordination Specialist – Kiribati, she has focused her research on the health and wellbeing issues of Pacific women. Rose discusses the significance of te taetae ni Kiribati in Aotearoa New Zealand.