24th October 06:53 AM
Living the language is the focus of Fijian Language Week
By Semi Turaga
Monday 08/10/2018
Labour spokesperson for Pacific Peoples Su'a William Sio [Photo: Radio NZ]

New Zealand's Minister of Pacific Peoples says there should be more interest in the language of Fiji as it's a significant trading partner.

Aupito Su'a William Sio said learning more about anyone's language or culture opens a pathway for communication and commerce.

Radio NZ reports that this week New Zealand celebrates its sixth Fijian Language Week ‑ Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti ‑ with the theme 'Noqu Vosa Me'u Bula Taka' meaning My language, Learn it, Speak it, Live it.

Aupito said they export to Fiji in the vicinity of $693‑million a year and that's really important.

He said he has been told by businesses in the Fijian community that understanding the Fijian language and culture is so important in establishing those good business relationships.

[Source: Radio NZ]

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