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Vagahau Niue

Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu!

Niue (Vagahau Niue) Language Week takes place from 17–23 October 2021. 

Raise the mana of speakers of Vagahau Niue. Find and acknowledge the experts in your school and community who can help your school celebrate Vagahau Niue Language Week. 

Niue language

Vagahau Niue consists of two main dialects:

  • the Motu dialect from the north of the island
  • the Tafiti dialect of the south. 

Of all the Pacific languages, Niuean is most closely-related to Tongan.

More Niuean speakers live outside of Niue than in Niue, and like many of the Pacific languages, Niuean is an endangered language.

Reviving Nieuan

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio

Takalo project

A new takalo or traditional Niue war dance was composed by Lavea Puheke a young composer in Niue and was filmed at the historical Maori land site Ihumatao in Auckland. 

Niue men lay challenge to elevate language (2020)

This article from Tagata Pasifika contains photos and information about the Takalo project as a group of 40 Niue men danced with the challenge to keep their language alive.

Hope for the Niuean language in Aotearoa 

Rosa Kalauni shares her experience as a Niuean educator in Auckland.

Language resources

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Use the language resources on the tabs.

Vagahau Niue contains:

  • Tau Hatakiaga ma e Vagahau Niue: The Niue language guidelines
  • Haia! An Introduction to Vagahau Niue

Niue storybooks.


Niue Language Week

NZC Online provides curriculum connections and ideas about how your class and your school can participate in this language week.


Pacific Language cards

Download these cards which contain: a pronunciation guide, useful everyday words, and a short prayer. 


Vagahau Niue resource pack

Future Learning Solutions – Centre for Languages provides a free download. The resource pack includes:

  • printable A4 posters
  • printable A4 flashcards
  • printable mini flashcards
  • printable A4 page of the 15 expressions
  • MP4 digital slides of the flashcards, “Why use formulaic expressions”


Tohi Vagahau Niue | Niue language dictionary

Auckland University of Technology provides access to this online resource where you can search for words in both English and Vagahau Niue.


Resources from the museum and library

Story: Nieuans

Learn about Nieuan migration, community and culture, and facts and figures. The site also lists external links and resources.


Niue Language Week

Auckland War Museum shares Niue materials in the form of writing, photographs, handicrafts, and collection objects from the Museum.


Christchurch City Libraries

Resources about Niue and the Niuean language.



All about the Rock: Niuean language week

10 things you should know about Niue from TePapa's blog.