This week marks Samoan Language Week in New Zealand.
The week gives Samoan Kiwis an opportunity to celebrate their country and culture.
The latest data shows that around 2% of New Zealanders speak the Samoan language.
And this year, the week carries extra significance. On June 1, 1962, Samoa became the first Pacific Island nation to formally declare its independence from a foreign power – New Zealand.
In 1962 Samoa and New Zealand signed the Treaty of Friendship – the only country New Zealand has such a treaty with.
As part of the celebrations, New Zealanders are invited to join each other in a minute of silence at 8 am on Wednesday, June 1, in honour of the 60th anniversary.