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Rotuman

Noa'ia! 

Rotuman (Fäeag Rotųam) Language Week takes place from Sunday 8 May to Saturday 14 May 2022. The overarching theme for the 2022 Pacific Language Weeks is sustainability.

Acknowledge the Rotuman speakers in your classroom, your school, and the wider community. Raise the mana of speakers of Fäeag Rotųam, boost the advantages of bilingualism, and support inclusion. 

Find and acknowledge the experts in your school and community who can help your school celebrate Fäeag Rotųam Language Week.

Language resources

Rotuman Language Week
NZC Online provides curriculum connections and ideas about how you, your class, and your school can engage during Rotuman language week

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Rotuman language
Download this chart of Rotuman words and phrases.

 

Rotuman language week
Rotuman phrases and songs.

 

Resources for Pacific Language Weeks 2022
Downladable resources from the Ministry of for Pacific Peoples.

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.

Fäeag Rotuam Rotuman Language — Educational Resource
This resource, which the Ministry for Pacific Peoples created, covers History, Geography, Language, Culture. The Language  section includes pronunciation and spelling guides and vobulary for numbers and useful words.

Library and museum resources

Find out what is happening at your local library and museum. 

Christchurch City Libraries – Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi

Christchurch City Libraries | Rotuman Language Week
Links to online resources.

 

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland Museum | Rotuman Language Week
Rotuman items from the museum's collection are on display.

Rotuman language in the news

Gasav ne Fӓeg Rotuḁm ta: The Rotuman Language Journey 8 May 2021
Watch the video of Tagata Pasifika producer Ngaire Fuata, who shares her Rotuman language journey.

 

Language is key to Pacific wellbeing 11 May 2021
Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples, launches the 2021 Rotuman Language Week. This article includes a daily schedule of events.

Rotumans celebrate language and culture "together" amid Covid-19 8 May 2021
Summarises the highlights of the Rotuman community's 2021 celebrations of language and culture. Announces the new radio programme launched to mark Rotuman Language Week, outlines facts about Rotuman, and informs that Rotuman was a language earmarked as under threat by the United Nations agency, UNESCO.

 

Kiwi Rotuma’s challenge to keep endangered Pacific languages alive 9 May 2021
Rotuman speaker Fipe Salabogi is trying to preserve her language.

 

A language worth fighting for 
Linguist Wilfred Fimone, The University of the South Pacific, warns that the loss of the Rotuman language could affect Rotuman culture. 

He also talks about how the Rotuman language had been used in cultural practices.


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