Mālō ni, taloha ni,
Unitec Library celebrates Te vaiaho o te gagana Tokelau, Tokelau Language Week 2020. The theme is ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea i te galutau. Ke mau mai, ke mau mai’ - 'Never give up hope, even amidst chaos and much uncertainty. Stay united, stay strong'.
The theme “Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea i te galutau” is part of a traditional Tokelauan prayer, asking the people rowing a canoe to hold on dearly to the paddles and row in unison so we are not washed away by the tidal/big waves. “Ke mau mai, ke mau mai” is an encouragement to be strong and maintain rowing consistently/non-stop. This years theme was influenced by the events of 2020 and how the COVID-19 outbreak has shaped a new normal for the Tokelau community and everyone worldwide.
It will run from Sunday 25 October to Saturday 31 October. Tokelau is an island territory of Aotearoa that comprises of three atolls in the South Pacific. Watch this short documentary VAKA about the energy and resilience of the Tokelauan people as they weave their customary-wisdom regarding the environment with modern eco-technologies to respond to climate change https://www.thecoconet.tv/the-ocean/climate-change/vaka/
Come in and see our display at Te Puna Library.
Use the hashtag #nztokelaulanguageweek to follow the events on social media.
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