Niuean Language Week
Fakaalofa lahi atu!
Welcome to Term 4. Hope you all had a safe Lockdown and School Holidays. We will be starting off our term with Niuean Language Week. Please follow our happenings for this week!
Please continue to stay safe and keep having fun learning together doing the activities with your family and friends.
Have a go and have fun learning.
Niue is an isolated raised atoll in the south-west Pacific. Its closest neighbours are Tonga, Sāmoa, and the Cook Islands. Vagahau Niue is the indigenous language. Alofi is the capital. Niue was administered by New Zealand for Britain in the 1900s, hence the special relationship between Niue and New Zealand. Niue has been a self-governing country in free association with New Zealand since 1974. Tagata Niue are citizens of New Zealand. More Tagata Niue now live in New Zealand than on Niue.
NAMING OF NIUE
Niue had several earlier names. One tradition is that the island was renamed after a chief’s sons and their followers travelled to their ancestors’ original homeland in Sāmoa, Manu‘a. There they were welcomed and entertained as kin. When they decided to return to Nukututaha, the chief of Manu‘a, Moa, gave them two special coconuts and explained why each one was special. On arrival back at Nukututaha, the chief’s sons held up these special coconuts and said “Ko e Niu ē!” (Behold, the coconut!). The coconuts were planted. One is the niu pulu, the coconut grown especially for making the sennit rope that is used in constructing traditional buildings and making canoes. The other coconut is the niu tea, the medicinal coconut. Its juice, husk, leaves, and just about every other part are used as medicine for a variety of ailments as well as for drinking and as food. According to this tradition, the name of the island was changed to Niue to honour the arrival of these two special varieties of coconut and to remember the chief of Manu‘a, who gifted them.
Hello / Hi there / Greetings
Fakaalofa lahi atu kia koe
Much greetings to you (to one person)
Fakaalofa atu kia mua
Fakaalofa lahi atu kia mua
Greetings to you both/two.
Much greetings to you both/two.
Fakaalofa lahi atu kia mutolu oti
Much greetings to you all.
Fakaalofa hofihofi atu
Precious greetings to you
Fakaalofa age ki ai
Greetings to her / him
Fakaalofa age kia lautolu
Greetings to them
Monuina e pogipogi
Monuina e afiafi
Monuina e po
Google Meet Today (Tuesday)
Enjoy Learning The Alphabet In Niuean
Niue Language Alphabet
Fakaako he tau Matatohi - Alphabet (16 letters)
Vowels (5 vowels)
Consonants (11 consonants)
Practice Your Learning Using The Video
See you tomorrow at our next Google Meet!