It's Fijian Language Week and nearly 20,000 of the islanders in New Zealand are expected to celebrate Fiji's 50th independence on Saturday.
Auckland-based Fijian Nacanieli Yalimaiwai is also a director of Pacific charity trust The Fono.
Yalimaiwai is calling for more participation of his people to ensure their language and culture is preserved for future generations.
"About seven percent of NZ-born Fijians speak the Fijian language. That's very low and should be worrying for our people," Nacanieli Yalimaiwai said.