The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, made the comment while launching the Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week in Auckland on Sunday.
The islanders are excited to celebrate their language and culture together this year.
Last year's Rotuman language week, New Zealand's third, was forced online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The theme for is Tutur häk ne måür lelei - the four pillars of life and well-being:
Aupito said language is one of the pillars of any people's identity.