Tokelauan is a Polynesian language spoken in Tokelau and New Zealand. Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand to the north of Samoa and east of Tuvalu consisting of three coral atolls: Atafu, Fakaofo and Nukunonu. There are about 1,600 Tokelauan speakers in Tokelau, and about 3,000 speakers in New Zealand. There are also some Tokelau speakers in the Swains Islands near American Samoa.
Tokelauan is mainly as an oral language and is rarely written. There is, however, a Tokelauan translation of the New Testament.
Tokelauan and Tuvaluan and more or less mutually intelligible, and Tokelauan is also closely related to Samoan and the Niuafo'ou language of Tonga.
E fānau tagata uma haoloto ma tutuha i mamalu ma āmiotonu. maua latou te mea-alofa o māfaufau ma e iloa lelei mai kino, ma tatau faiga latou i tētahi ma fakauōga.
Text provided by Pukaia Ariki Retu'ioreranofenua
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Tokelauan Language
Learn Tokelauan / Tau Gagana Tokelau
Page last modified: 22.02.24
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