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​Chance to view Tuvaluan treasures

News 1 Oct 2017

The annual Tuvaluan Language Week starts on October 1 and concludes October 7, focusing on the theme Fano ki mua kae sa puli tou iloga - Progress to thrive not forgetting your roots.

There are seven Pacific language weeks celebrated every year, supported by the Ministry of Pacific Peoples (MPP).

The Samoan, Cook Islands and Tongan language weeks have already been held this year, with great success.

Reviving the language and cultures of various Pacific nations among their respective Pacific communities living in New Zealand is the concept behind hosting a language week, as well as providing an opportunity to celebrate all that is unique to the Pacific.

Since 2016, until 2019, the Auckland Museum is opening up access to its Pacific treasures collection and creating stronger connections with Auckland’s Pacific communities.

From musical instruments to weapons, textiles to carvings, tools to ornaments – the project will enable the Pacific collection to be better known, cared for and accessible onsite, offsite and online.

The Pacific Collection Access Project, in partnership with MPP, will host each of the language week launches.

However, the Project team is also offering tours for the community – especially those not involved in the launch.

Community Engagement Facilitator, Pacific Collection Access Project Barbara Afitu says to celebrate Tuvalu Language week this week, the Auckland Museum is offering Tuvalu communities an opportunity to come and view treasures from Tuvalu on Tuesday.

“Depending on staff numbers the tour may involve an experience in our Pacific gallery with our trained guides/Moana Pacific guest educators on “Voyage: Moana Pacific”; back of house tours – Pacific stores (where 90 percent of our Pacific collection is stored) and our basement (where over 90 percent of our Museum taonga is stored),” Barbara says.

“It is an opportunity to connect with your own people’s taonga/treasures, and to hear about our Pacific project and meet some of the team.”

Pacific Collection Access Project Tour at Auckland Museum – FREE

Date: October 3, 2017

Time: 10-12pm

Venue: Auckland War Memorial Museum (meet at Atrium Info desk), Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

For further information and bookings please email Barbara –

Visit Pacific Collection Access Project Tour for more information.