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1 June 2010
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Motions — Samoan Language Week—Recognition



Samoan Language Week—Recognition

SU’A WILLIAM SIO (Labour—Māngere) : I seek leave to move without notice and without debate a motion relating to Samoan Language Week 2010.

Mr SPEAKER: Leave is sought for that course of action. Is there any objection? There is no objection.

SU’A WILLIAM SIO: O Talaleomalie o le Alo o le Tui Atua, aua ua ii le Manu ae logo i le vateatea, aua le vaiaso Faapitoa o le Gagana Samoa.

Talofa lava i Lau Afioga i le Fofoga Fetalai, faapea afioga i sui mamalu o le Maota Fono o le Palemene o Niu Sila, le mamalu o le tapuaiga o Samoa o loo fa‘afofoga mai. Malo le soifua, malo le lagi e mama.

I move, That this House take note that Samoan Language Week runs from 30 May to 5 June. This is a significant day for the more than 130,000 Samoans living in New Zealand, as well as those Samoans living in Samoa, Australia, America, and throughout the globe. This House will manifest its support and acknowledgment of this special week through members from across all the political parties using Samoan words and phrases as a way to promote le gagana Samoa, which is the third most spoken language in New Zealand next to English and te reo Māori, and by so doing, encourage greater understanding of the Samoan language and culture and therewith send a strong message that New Zealanders at the highest level of decision making embrace this diversity of language as a strength of our nation, going forward.

  • Motion agreed to.

Fa‘afetai ma ia faamanuia mai le Atua i lenei taumafaiga.