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There was fun in the studio when Wellington Access Radio hosted a group of young people from the Tokelau community as part of Tokelau Language Week (22-28 October).

Their contributions will make up part of the extra programming by radio show Tugaki O Tokelau to celebrate Tokelau language and culture. Tugaki O Tokelau will also host all-night shows throughout the week, taking over the airwaves from 12am until 5am.

All this is on top of their regular shows, which broadcasts news, community notices, music, and discussions in the Tokelau language every week Thursdays 2 – 4pm and Fridays from 8 – 10pm.

Nive, a Tugaki O Tokelau programme-maker, says 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.

‘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.’

The theme for this years Tokelau Language Week is ‘Ke Olatia ko ia Tokelau I tana Fakavae – Tokelau to Prosper Within its Foundation’.

Wellington Access Radio is grateful to Tugaki O Tokelau team for all the work they put into Tokelau Language Week every year.

Wellington Access Radio broadcasts programmes in over 20 languages and subsidises airtime so Whanganui-a-Tara can hear more from programme-makers during Pacific Language Weeks. Special programmes from Radio Viti Aotearoa, a Fijian language show, were also broadcast in October during Fiji Language Week.

​Wellington Access Radio is on-air on 106.1FM, streaming live throughout Aotearoa, and on podcasts at accessmedia.nz, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.