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Pacific

Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa Samoan Language Week 2017

Past Event
Sun 28 May - Sat 3 June
FREE, MUSEUM ATRIUM AND OFFSITE AT MIT MANUKAU, MANUKAU TRAIN STATION, DAVIES AVE, MANUKAU

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Celebrate the theme of Samoan Language Week 'Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga – Keep your identity alive, to thrive' with a range of activities onsite at Auckland Museum and offsite at MIT Manukau.

Enjoy free lunchtime performances by ASB Polyfest groups from Auckland Girls Grammar on Tuesday 30 May, and St Peter’s College on Wednesday 31 May, both at 12.10pm in our Atrium. Admire displays of Samoan measina (treasures) in the Museum’s Atrium.

Explore behind the scenes of our Pacific Collection Access project on Tuesday 30 May with two exclusive tours. Book a free tour at 10am or 11am to see how we are opening up access to Pacific treasures in the collections and creating stronger connections with Auckland’s Pacific communities. There's a maximum of 30 people per tour, please email bafitu@aucklandmuseum.com to secure your place.

On Monday and Friday of Samoan Language Week, visit our Mamas off-site at Taku Tāmaki: Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau and participate in our free Samoan arts and crafts workshops, where the Mamas will demonstrate the age-old arts of ‘tuiga’ (ceremonial head dress) and ‘ula fala’ (pandanus keys necklace). Hear the Mamas share their inspirations and motivations on why and how they are keeping alive Samoan arts and craft in modern day Aotearoa New Zealand from 10am-2.30pm.

Schedule of Events

All events are taking place at Auckland War Memorial Museum unless stated otherwise.

Monday 29 May

10am - 2:30pm - Free arts and crafts workshops with our Mamas (at MIT Manukau)

Tuesday 30 May

10am - Behind-the-scenes tour of our Pacific Collection Access project, bookings essential. Email bafitu@aucklandmuseum.com.

11am - Behind-the-scenes tour of our Pacific Collection Access project, bookings essential. Email bafitu@aucklandmuseum.com.

12:10pm - Performance from Auckland Girls Grammar’s ASB Polyfest group

Wednesday 31 May

12.10pm - Performance from St Peter's College’s ASB Polyfest group

Friday 2 June (At MIT Manukau)

10am - 2:30pm - Free arts and crafts workshops with our Mamas


Upu Fesoasani - Helpful Words

Keen to expand your vocabularly?  Check out some key phrases below:

Samoan English
Talofa lava Greetings/Hello
Tōfā soifua Goodbye
Fa'afetai lava Thank you very much
O lo'u igoa My name is
Afio mai Welcome
la manuia le pō Have a good night
Fa'amolemole Please
Fa'amelie atu Sorry
Tolou lava Excuse me
Manuia lou aso Have a great day