Studying a Pacific Language paper in Samoan or Tongan at a national Level 3 standard could possibly begin in 2018.
Around 30 community tutors and practitioners of the Tongan and Samoan languages gathered in Auckland this week, to have their say on the development of programmes for a qualification in Pasifika languages.
Pacific languages consultation in Otara. Photo/ Twitter - Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.
Working in collaboration with the Pasifika Education Centre, the Manukau Institute of Technology are in the process of developing the NZ Certificate in Pacific Language Level 3, to be made available in Samoan and Tongan course-work starting next year.
Plans to implement programmes up to Level 5, over the next three to four years, are also in the pipelines.
They will also start developing programmes in other languages progressively from 2019.
Centre for Studies in Multiple Pathways Director Dr. Stuart Middleton says speaking another language is a valuable skill to have these days.
"Many employers are now looking to young Pacific people to go into their companies and into their activities and lead some of the Pacific things in the company," he says.