Library celebrates Tongan Language Week


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

Pembroke School


CELEBRATING: Youth librarian Fiona Kerr with a display made in preparation for Tongan Language Week. The gifted Tongan fihu is pictured.

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