Ethnic Communities

  • Where do we start?

    Starting to plan language celebrations is exciting. Remember that the purpose of a language celebration is to publicly recognise your language, culture and community. A useful place to start the process is determining your community’s goals.

  • Case Study: Hindi language celebrations

    The number of people in New Zealand who can speak Hindi nearly tripled between 2001 and 2013. Hindi is now the fourth most spoken language in New Zealand.

  • Who to involve?

    People are at the heart of ensuring that a language survives and thrives and this is particularly the case when organising a language celebration.

  • What to include?

    Any activity can be an opportunity to promote and teach others your language – just ensure your language is featured. Deciding what to do depends on the interests, location and age of your community.

  • When is the right time?

    Selecting the right time to celebrate your language is particularly important for larger language celebrations.

  • Case study: Vagahau Niue Language Week

    Case Study from the New Zealand Niue Community.

  • How to find support?

    You may need funding support to run your language celebration, especially for larger events. There are a range of resources to support your community to apply for funding, or to fundraise itself.

  • Who’s listening?

    Letting people know about your language celebration is important and helps ensure a lot of people take part.

  • Case Study: Paniyiri – Greek food and culture celebration

    Greek Community case study.

  • What’s next?

    What you do after your language celebration is just as important as the planning and running of the event itself. This is a chance to congratulate everyone who helped make the celebration happen, to evaluate what went well, and to decide what you’ll do in the future.