Bula vinaka and happy Fijian Language Week! Due to the current COVID-19 Alert Levels, this year's Fiji Language Week has been slightly different from previous years’ celebrations.
Mt Eden Corrections Facility Corrections Officer Lavonne moved from Fiji to Aotearoa New Zealand with her parents and siblings in 2005. She joined the team at MECF in June 2020, after a varied career in broadcasting and tourism.
A Fijian word that Lavonne would like to share with everyone is “laveti”, which means to uplift and support each other. She says this word is especially important for those in lockdown, who are celebrating Fijian Language Week from home.
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Fijian Language Week 2021 - Sindika
“Ni sa bula vinaka, Ara Poutama Aotearoa! I am proud that I have maintained my values, connection and culture whilst living in New Zealand, which has a strong Fijian community. Throughout my childhood my parents kept me connected to my culture through lan
Fijian Language Week 2021 - Jane
Waitakere Railside Avenue Community Corrections Probation Officer Jane is incredibly proud of her Fijian culture, and is excited to celebrate Fijian Language Week this week.