All-night celebration of Tokelau Language Week on Wellington Access Radio

Wellington Access Radio programme-makers from the Tokelau community hosted all-night shows throughout Tokelau Language Week (23-29 October).

On top of their regular shows, Tugaki O Tokelau takes over the airwaves from 12am until 5am to celebrate Tokelau language and culture.

Tugaki O Tokelau broadcasts news, community notices, music, and discussions in the Tokelau language every week Thursdays 2 – 4pm and Fridays from 8 – 10pm.

Nive, a Tagaki O Tokelau programme-maker, say the overnight programmes during language week will be an opportunity for the various Tokelau communities in Wellington to showcase who, what, where and how they promote Tokelau Language and culture.

Adding, “We expect to reach listeners near and far and regularly hear from families in Australia, America, and our home Island. And we get callers from various regions of New Zealand and regular local callers”.

Wellington Access Radio broadcasts programmes in 22 languages and subsidises airtime so Whanganui-a-Tara can hear more from programme-makers during Pacific Language Weeks. In October, special programmes from Radio Viti Aotearoa, a Fijian language show and the Niuean Community Programme were also broadcast.

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