Fiji Language Week

Sunday 4th October – Saturday 10th October 2020

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka! This week is Fiji Language Week and to celebrate we will share Fijian items from our Natural History and Documentary Heritage collections, along with a video of useful phrases in Fijian and even a colouring-in sheet.
 

Annah Pickering

Annah Pickering

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka!
 
This week is a time for all Fijian people in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the globe to celebrate "Noqu Vosa, Noqu iSema Bula" — "My language is my living link".
 
As indigenous people, our heritage and the foundation where we come from is important to Fijians. When I think of migration, I think about my own family who, like so many families, migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand and in many respects, we still feel like we are migrating and on a life long journey. Our Vuvale (Family), Vanua (Land) and Ocean (Wasawasa) connect who we are. 
 
Fiji Language Week provides an opportunity to learn, speak and celebrate the various indigenous dialects of Fiji through traditional cultural experience of our way of life. At Auckland Museum, you will be introduced to Fiji collections of kau, masi, tabua, tanoa, and give you an insight to our ways of thinking, beliefs and traditional cultural practices.
 
In Fiji we say "Noqu Kalou, Noqu Vanua", which means "My God, My Land". As Fijians we acknowledge that God is the source of everything in our lives. Vanua (Land) is God's gift to us to look after, respect and protect all things given respectfully from the depths of the ocean to the highest mountains, it is our duty to safeguard for all future generations.
 
Lako mai on a journey with us, and discover our Viti a land full of beautiful people and a vibrant culture!
 
Vinaka vakalevu. 

Annah Pickering

Noqu vosa, noqu i yau talei
My Language, My Treasure


A talanoa on the use of Voivoi and Masi in objects held at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum, from the planting to the finished products.

The talanoa centres around Fijian treasures made from plants and botanical specimens held in the Auckland Museum collections. An educational talanoa for children and young people, and for the older generation it will take them back down memory lane. The talanoa speaks to the importance of plants in Fijian culture and delves into design and the many plants that have been used traditionally and are still used today to produce beautiful treasures such as Iri ni Meke, Tabua and Masi Kesa.

We were honoured and privileged to be joined by special guests: Joana Monolagi (Serua/Auckland), Alipate Trail (Fiji/Auckland) and Tarisi Vunidilo (Hawaii) and had input before the talanoa from Marika Tuiwawa (Curator of Botany, Fiji). 

Please note that due to technical difficulties this recording missed the introduction and Fijian blessing part of the Zoom.
 

A flower by any other name

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A flower by any other name

Yumiko Baba (Associate Curator, Botany) and Paula Legel (Associate Curator, Heritage Publications) take a closer look at the monumental Flora Vitiensis, which, when it was published, documented every known plant in Fiji.

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The marvellous masiratu

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The marvellous masiratu

It features on everything from stamps to banknotes – learn about why this intricate, deep forest–dwelling plant is so iconic in Fiji.

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Do you know how to say "no worries" in Fijian?


Booking and Sales Co-ordinator Vasiti Tupou is here to teach you a few phrases in Fijian.

Specimens from Fiji


Here you can explore a small selection of the specimens, and click through to explore even more of the collection.

Colour in the plants and patterns of Fiji

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Colour in the plants and patterns of Fiji

Try your hand at this colouring-in page that features patterns from Fiji as well as the iconic masiratu (which you can learn more about in this blog).

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From Sunday 4 October until Saturday 10 October, the Museum will be illuminated every evening in red, white and blue in recognition of Fiji Language Week.