Tongan Language Week Family Fun 

September 7 201411am–3pm
Throughout Te Papa Level 4
Free Entry
Family; Special 

Celebrate the last day of Tongan Language Week with vibrant performances, art, and craft from the Tongan community.

The theme for Tongan Language Week 2014 is ‘Ko e kai ia ‘a e Tonga: Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan wisdom’.


11am–12 noon
Make a Tongan Fan
PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4

Make a Tongan-style Sunday fan using free-to-download images from Te Papa’s Collections Online.

12 noon–2pm
Faka-Sepitema Ceremony
Te Marae, Level 4
On the first Sunday of September, Tongan women celebrate their faith and Tongan identity at Faka-Sepitema. St John’s Uniting Tongan Congregation Church will hold their Faka-Sepitema ceremony here at Te Papa. Take a seat and watch the celebrations.

Faka-Sepitema is an opportunity for churches to honour women in the Tongan community. Everybody puts on their Sunday best. Within families, Faka-Sepitema is celebrated like Mother’s Day.

Make a Tongan Helu (Comb)
PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4
Make a Tongan head adornment inspired by helu (combs) in our Tongan collections.

Tongan Uniting Methodist Church Avalon                                                             Wellington Foyer, Level 2
Enjoy songs of faith and devotion performed by St John’s Uniting Tongan Congregation Church.

Monthly family fun

On the first Sunday of each month, Te Papa is all about family activities. Join us for a brilliant day of family fun with lots of exciting things to see, hear, make, and do.

Kids’ Discovery Centres