— Auckland Council (@AklCouncil) October 2, 2016
Ni sa bula vinaka! It’s Fiji Language week from 3-9 October.
This year’s theme is Noqu vosa me’u bula taka: My language, learn it, speak it, live it!
In the last census, 14,445 people in New Zealand identified as Fijian. Nearly 40 per cent of them were born in New Zealand.
Auckland Libraries’ Botany, Mangere Town Centre, Otara and Papatoetoe branches all have free events celebrating Fijian language and culture. See what’s happening
Te Oro Gallery in Glen Innes is holding a Fijian Language and Craft Week Celebration on Thursday 6 October. Find out more
Now we’re talking
Here are a few key words and phrases to get you chatting in Na Vosa Vakaviti (Fijian).
Welcome/hello, general greeting: Bula vinaka, Bula (inf)
How are you? Vacava tiko?
Long time, no see: Sa dede da sega ni sota
What’s your name? O cei na yacamu?
My name is… Na yacaqu o…
Where are you from? O ni lako mai vei?
Pleased to meet you: Ia bula
Good night/goodbye: Moce, Ni sa moce
Have a nice day: Vanuinui vinaka ki na siga ni kua