Tongan Language Week
02 September 2014This week (1-7 September) is Tongan Language Week.
Image Details: View of Morea one of the Friendly Islands in the South Seas. Artist John Cleveley. Accession Number: UC/MBL/0393 - image 1. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury. for more details click here
The theme for this year is "Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom- Ko e Kai ia 'a e Tonga". The fabulous Mereana Taungapeau from National Library has written a wonderful blog post looking at traditional Tongan Whakataukī and whakatauākī (proverbs/traditional sayings). http://natlib.govt.nz/blog/posts/ko-e-kai-ia-a-e-tonga
She explains the deeper meanings of some of these traditional kōrero. Her writing is also accompanied by some lovely images from National Library Turnbull Collections as well.