26 Oct 2020

Preserving the endangered Tokelauan language

From Labour Day, 8:36 am on 26 October 2020

Less than 4000 people speak Tokelauan, and the majority of them live in New Zealand - rather than in Tokelau itself. The ongoing destruction of the South Pacific atolls due to climate change makes for a unusual cultural situation - the survival of the Tokelauan language is dependent on a different part of the world. Tokelauan language researcher John Middleton joins the show to discuss.

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Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox