The Pacific Leadership Forum, a council of leaders from the Pacific community are determined to stop the spread of COVID-19. They recognise that their ethnicities are at the highest risk from this virus, and the possible effects of it on Māori. Teleiai Edwin Puni, chairman of the Forum explains: “It is a responsible action by our Pacific [communities]. Because we live closely with our Māori whānau(s), in the same neighbourhood(s). “By being responsible with the prevention and the readiness, it also protects our Māori and the people of Aotearoa.”
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Tokelau community Leader Rob Lui Tuilave says that Tokelauan Language Week marks a milestone for his culture.
This week marks the beginning of Tokelau Language Week which Unesco says is 'severely endangered'. According to statistics the number of Tokelauan speakers now sits at 4000.
"Totō hau tōkiga nei, aua na tupulaga e fāi mai, Plant a seed today, for the future generation," is this year's theme for Tokelau Language Week.