Samoan Language Week

Samoan Language Week


Samoan Language Week

June 29th – May 4th

Talofa!! This week we are celebrating Samoan Language Week. This week long event will celebrate the rich texture of the Samoan language, Gagana Samoa and culture with different events throughout New Zealand.

Samoan is the language of the Samoan Islands which includes the Independent State of Samoa and the Territory of American Samoa. It is also the fourth most spoken language in New Zealand. Samoan is a Polynesian language and is the first language of most of the population of the Samoa Islands. There are roughly 370,000 native speakers.

The Samoan language which is said to be is one of the oldest forms of Polynesian that still exists in the world today. The language is written using a Latin-based alphabet. Indigenous Samoan tradition states that the Samoan Islands are the original homeland of the Polynesian race. Within this belief it is stated that the other Polynesian islands of the Pacific Ocean were later populated in a single wave of migration during the period of colonisation.

Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, is an independent nation with a population of roughly 220,000 people.

To find out more about the events happening around the country for Samoan Language Week check out