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Wed, Apr 24


Alofi ( Millennium Hall)

Vagahau Niue Fono - Dr Colin Tukuitonga

Feel the soul of Vagahau Niue language during the Festival. Don't miss out on discussions of Vagahau Niue going into the 21st Century and beyond. If you are passionate about the future of the Niue language then this is a must attend event. Register so you don't miss out.

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Vagahau Niue Fono - Dr Colin Tukuitonga
Vagahau Niue Fono - Dr Colin Tukuitonga

Time & Location

Apr 24, 2019, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Alofi ( Millennium Hall), Alofi, Niue

About the Event



8.00am Registration


  • Workshop Opening - MC – Charles Ioane (Principal, NHS)
  • Acting Secretary to Government - Opening Address
  • Dr Colin Tukuitoga
  • Minister for the Ministry of Social Services, Hon Billy Talagi


  • Welcome and Introduction to the Fono
  • Outline & Purpose of the Vagahau Niue Fono
  • Outline Rationale
  • Objectives/Purpose
  • Expectations Birtha Lisimoni-Togahai Director of Education, Niue

9.25am Keynote Speaker - Dr Colin Tukuitonga

Launch-Year of Vagahau Niue/Indigenous Languages

  • Brief 5 mins Updates from VN Stakeholders-Powerpoint presentation-10 slides or Brief Address:


• Taoga Niue Council-Mr Ben Tanaki-Role of Taoga Niue in sustaining Vagahau Niue

• Director of Education - Certificate in Vagahau Niue ( University of the South Pacific);

• Head of NHS Department of Vagahau Niue-Mrs Fine Mautama

• Lologo – ECE-O’Love & Team

• President, Vagahau Niue Trust-Mrs Mele Nemaia

• Toa Matala (NZ)-Rosa Kalauni & Meleua Ikiua;

• NZ-Niue ECE Sector-

• PEC Activities-Niue Teachers;

  • Skit/Lologo Break- Niue Youth Trust

• Language Roots the Tree of Culture Project

• Church Sector-Australia, NZ & Niue

• Other Vagahau Niue Stakeholders

10.30am Morning Tea Break

10.45am Presentations

  • Director for Department of Taoga Niue: Role of Taoga Niue in sustaining Vagahau Niue - Ms Moira Enetama
  • Statistics Division- Vagahau Niue Statistics- Kim Ray Vaha /Fanuma Sioneholo
  • Australia reps presentations;
  • New Zealand reps presentations

  • 11.15am-12.00noon
  • Group Discussion – Summary of Updates from various sectors
  • Working in Country Groups on preparing for the Vagahau Niue Reset Strategy-Stocktake, Identifying barriers, overcoming these barriers and finding solutions
  • One rep from each Group to commence work on drafting the Communique on the Vagahau Niue Language Strategy (11 years until the SDGs 2030)


1.00pm A Strategy for ALL Niue Peoples: Home-->ECE-->Primary-->Secondary--)Tertiary/Vocational

Country Group Presentations –VN Reset Strategy for Australia Niue Communities, NZ-Niue Communities & Niue Communities on Niue

1.30pm Finding Common Ground for Niue Peoples living in Australia, New Zealand and Niue

3.00pm Conclusion of the VN Fono

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