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Kiribati (Te taetae ni Kiribati) Language Week takes place from Sunday 11 July to Saturday 17 July 2021. 

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  

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.


Te taetae Kiribati 

A communication and culture handbook, with 60 communication lessons and 40 grammar lessons. This Peace Corps resource originally developed in 1979 is practical and relevant.

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.