Story: Tongans

Language programmes

Language programmes

As the number of New Zealand-born Tongans increases, many Tongans fear that their language and therefore their identity will disappear. In response, programmes have been set up to encourage the use of Tongan in schools. Here, Tongan teacher aide ‘Ikilifi Pope helps eight-year-old Netanili ‘Iongi with his work at Ōtara’s Sir Edmund Hillary Junior School.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 29 October 2002
Photograph by Brett Phibbs

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Melenaite Taumoefolau, 'Tongans - Culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1263/language-programmes (accessed 21 October 2019)

Story by Melenaite Taumoefolau, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015