Listen to our Social Sciences Commissioner Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop discuss the importance of preserving and promoting Pacific languages in Aotearoa New Zealand with two passionate Pacific New Zealanders, Salainaoloa Wilson-Uili and Nick Mailau.
The discussions which take place in this video were prompted by the announcement of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages which kicks off in 2022.
The purpose of the Decade is to: “draw attention to the critical loss of Indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalise, and promote Indigenous language”
There is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in development, not only in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage.
Our panelists, Salainaoloa Wilson-Uili and Nick Mailau, discuss the importance of Pacific languages in Aotearoa New Zealand, within society at large, as well as within our education system, with Social Sciences Commissioner Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop