By Io Aleke Fa'avae - firstname.lastname@example.org
New Kiribati educational resources were launched in Auckland today in celebration of Kiribati Independence Day and Kiribati Language Week.
The community gathered at Warkworth Library to launch three books with numbers, the alphabet and colours in the Kiribati language.
Senior Pacific Curator at Auckland Libraries, Daren Kamali began working on the Te Maroro project late last year with the Kiribati community in Rodney who helped put the books together.
"I just saw a need in the libraries for more minority Pacific books like Kiribati, Tuvalu, Rotuma, Tokelau and I wanted to focus on this project," he says.
Kamali says Kiribati is the second most spoken language in Rodney, with a Kiribati population of around 400.
He says the new resources will help New Zealand-born Kiribati people growing up without the language.
"There is a need for language resources for minorities like Kiribati... I only found four books about Kiribati on the shelves."
"These are basic tools to help learners progress through understanding the language and culture."
The books will be available at 22 libraries across the Auckland region and Kamali says it will also be on sale for communities out of Auckland.