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Niue HIgh Commissioner Learns Niuean language



New Zealand’s recently appointed High Commissioner to Niue, Kirk Yates, says learning the Niuean language will help him connect with the culture he’ll be interacting with. 

“Culture and language are very much intertwined and if I want to have some small understanding then the language is the first place to start,” says Kirk.

The new High Commissioner is one of the first NZ diplomats to learn Niuean and has been getting basic Vagahau Niue lessons from PEC tutor Lolokini Pavihi who is a registered New Zealand teacher.

“The centre’s learning resources have been very helpful,” says Kirk. “I’ve had to do a lot of practise and I’m willing to continue that. It’s not just about learning how to pronounce and speak Niuean but understanding the meaning of words and their connection to the culture.”

Kirk will be returning to PEC for more Niue language programmes.


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