Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Pacific Kids’ Learning Launches New Rotuman Content in time for Language Week

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Fesaitu Solomone, the CEO of the Centre for Pacific Languages, has written an e-book for the Pacific Kids Learning digital library platform.

The book reflects her experience growing up on the Island of Rotuma, and showcases her expertise in storytelling. 

Her captivating narrative is now available for children to enjoy and learn from.

The launch aligns with the theme of Rotuman Language Week, “Vetḁkia ‘os Fäega ma Ag fak hanua – Sustaining our Language and Culture”.

Solomone says, “Writing for Pacific Kids’ Learning has allowed me to bring the beauty of Rotuman culture and language to children here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the diaspora.

“This is the first time I’ve written a story like this, and it’s an honour to share my upbringing on Rotuma with a broader audience.” says Solomone.

The new content, developed with support from the Ministry of Education is available in both Rotuman and English.

It captures the essence of Rotuman heritage, highlighting elements such as family, faith, and intergenerational storytelling.

Solomone emphasises the importance of preserving Pacific languages and cultures for future generations.

“Fupfupu ‘e Rotuma is a message for our Rotuman communities – our young people, our families, and our elders – and the importance of us embracing our language, our identity, and our culture. 

“We must recognise the gift of language and the importance of sustaining it for the future – be proud of who you are.” says Solomone.

Launched by PKL this year, the Pacific Digital Library is the world’s first content platform dedicated to creating and sharing Pacific-inspired content for kids, parents, and teachers.

The Pacific Digital Library, designed for children and educators, provides a valuable resource that celebrates cultural diversity and fosters cross-cultural understanding. 

The wholesome digital platform empowers children with knowledge, skills, and pride in their cultural identity through engaging and interactive cultural content in Pacific languages and English. 

Theresa Tupuola-Sorenson, co-founder and Education Director of PKL, said PKL works to support the preservation and celebration of Rotuman language and culture by bringing fresh, engaging content to children, parents, and educators worldwide.

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