Samoan Language Week

starts Wednesday 1 June! The Samoan language is the third most commonly spoken language in New Zealand after English and Maori. The week is an opportunity to celebrate the language and the culture of Samoan New Zealanders. The theme this year is Samoa Ola – Samoa Active, focusing on language, sport and healthy living and linking to the visit of Manu Samoa to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup.

More information about the weeklong celebrations you can find here:

Wellington City Libraries has many resources about Samoan culture. Here are some recent purchases:

Samoan tattooing, or tatau is an ancient Polynesian art tradition and rite of passage that reaches its most powerful expression in the full body male tattoo, the pe’a. Building on the internationally touring exhibition Tatau, this extraordinary series of images by leading photographer Mark Adams documents the story of tatau in the Pacific and its remarkable globalisation.

Tusi`upu Sāmoa is a long-awaited dictionary of Sāmoan, the first comprehensive work of its sort written by a Sāmoan, papaāli`i Dr Semisi Ma`ia`i. Volume One contains the Sāmoan to English text. Volume Two contains the English to Sāmoan text.

This picture book is the story of Talia who is visiting her relatives in Samoa for the very first time!