Pasifika Beatz helping kids connect and learn Pacific languages through music

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Auckland playgroup Pasifika Beatz, Whānau Āwhina Plunket has launched 100 fun and interactive kids’ songs integrating 10 different Pacific languages for the whole aiga/fanau to try.

This is first time anything on this scale has been created in Aotearoa for Kiwi families. The videos and songs are a great introduction to Pacific languages and Te Reo for tamariki and their families, and a wonderful way to help children learn and preserve their Pacific language.

Over the past few months, Loopy Tunes sister duo Siu Williams-Lemi and Leah Williams-Partington – whose waiata ‘He Uri Ngāti Hua-Rakau’ is a finalists for the APRA Best Children’s Song, to be announced later this month – have been recreating nursery rhymes and traditional cultural songs in Māori, Rotuman, Samoan, Kiribati, Cook Islands Māori, Tongan, Tuvaluan, Fijian, Niuean and Tokelauan to help families learn and connect with different Pacific languages.

The songs are available to stream for free on YouTube, Spotify and iTunes

Whānau Āwhina Plunket has also launched pilot mobile culture and music sessions in partnership with West Auckland Libraries.

The sessions – which run from 31 May to 28 June – will share Pacific and Māori stories and culture through music.

Pacific and Māori culture are traditionally shared through oral storytelling. As the host of stories, libraries are the ideal place to not only host Pasifika Beatz but also to help more Pacific and Māori families access local resources and information.