Bid to revive language

THE Niuean community is hoping that this week’s Niuean language celebrations around New Zealand will help to revive its dying language.

The theme for this year’s Niue Language Week is “Ponataki, Tukutaula mo e Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue” calling on Niueans to strengthen Vagahau Niue (the Niuean language).

While 74 per cent of Niueans around the world live in New Zealand, only about 13 per cent of them are able to speak the language.

Groups such as the Vagahau Niue Trust and the Niue Youth Network were formed specifally to help promote and maintain the use of Vagahau Niue.

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