Tongans in New Zealand

‘Family values will keep Tongan language alive in NZ’

Tongan Language Week is being celebrated this week and its theme this year theme is 'Fakakoloa Aotearoa 'Aki 'Ae Nofo 'A Kainga' or 'Enriching Aotearoa with our Family Values'.

Sio Kihe La'a Talakai-'Alatini from the Pasifika Education Centre in Auckland said the emphasis on family values was crucial.

"For my children growing up in Aotearoa, this is how I want them to understand the Tongan language, through the values," she said.

She said Tongan values will help keep the language alive.