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Tuvalu (Te Gana Tuvalu) Language Week takes place in September 2022. Dates are to be confirmed.

Celebrate language week! Raise the mana of speakers of Te Gana Tuvalu, boost the advantages of bilingualism, and build an inclusive culturally responsive environment. 

Find and acknowledge the experts in your school and community who can help your school celebrate Te Gana Tuvalu Language Week.

Te Gana Tuvalu and sport

Te ano 

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Te ano is the national game of Tuvalu, played by people of all ages and genders. The "ano" is a round, woven ball. Te ano, the game, is similar to volleyball but uses two balls (ano) at once. 

  • The rules of te ano – Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures Curator Rachel Yates explains the game.  
  • Topend Sports – Read a brief explanation of te ano.

Language resources

Tuvalu 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.


Tuvalu Language Week Vaiaso o te 'Gana Tuvalu

Resources for use in the classroom from Christchurch city libraries.


Let’s learn colours: Tauloto fakatasi tātou i lanu

A resource created by Lift Education for use in schools.


Tuvalu language week: Tuvalu children’s books a valuable resource

A collection of eight myths and legends from Tuvalu islands in a series of bilingual books, released in 2021 for Tuvalu language week. The books are available at local libraries and schools or by emailing the Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust at  admin@tuvalucommunity.org.


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.