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Maori Party celebrates Samoan Language Week

The Maori Party has added their voice to the celebration of Samoan Language Week which features the theme of O le Vafealoa'i (Strong and Respectful Relationships).

"Tangata whenua share with Samoan people the value we place on our mother tongue as a key to our cultural identity' said Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party.

"We know that our language shines a light on who we are - our relationships with our land, our waters, our geography, our genealogy, our past and our present. Indigenous language is an essential marker of our histories and our aspirations.

"We recognise the unique place that the Samoan language plays in the lives of Samoan people - protecting, representing and preserving their customs and practices for the grandchildren to inherit.

"The theme, O le Vafealoa'I also recognises the special relationship that Maori share with Samoan people, as peoples of Te Moana Nui a Kiwa".