Oamaru Library will be hosting a number of performances to celebrate Tongan Language Week for the first time.
Starting tomorrow, five separate performances over four days will take place at the library to showcase Tongan culture.
Youth librarian Fiona Kerr said people were being encouraged to come along to a performance and gain a greater understanding of Tongan culture.
“Waitaki has a large Tongan community and yet there are many of us who have little or no understanding of their culture.
“Children from various schools will be performing over the week and we hope as many people can attend as possible.
“It’s a wonderful thing to be involved in and we are very pleased to be able to host these different groups.”
Ms Kerr said she had a wonderful gift of a Tongan fihu from Api Fifita, the president of Oamaru’s Tongan Community, on Friday afternoon.
Friendly Islands Play Centre will also be attending Toddler Time on Thursday at 10.30am.
In addition, plans for future events are being made with Fale Pasifika O Aoraki.
Schedule of the performances being held at the library:
Tuesday, September 2 at 12.30pm
St Joseph’s School
Wednesday, September 3 at 1pm
Pasifika @ OIS
Thursday, September 4 at 11.30am
Oamaru North School
Thursday, September at 11.45am
St Kevin’s Pasifika Group
Friday, September 5 at 11.45am
PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD
CELEBRATING: Youth librarian Fiona Kerr with a display made in preparation for Tongan Language Week. The gifted Tongan fihu is pictured.