Thriving Pacific

We want heritage Pacific languages to thrive in the places we live, work and play. We can make this happen by revitalising, maintaining and strengthening our languages and practices.



Pacific Language Courses

Our online language courses cover 7 different Pacific languages and can be completed in just 10 weeks. All of our courses are free to NZ citizens and residency permit holders. Apply now and start your learning journey with us today.


Pacific Language Translation Services

CPL offers translation services in 9 different languages: Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands Māori, Vagahau Niue, Fijian, Rotuman, Tokelauan, Tuvaluan and Kiribatian. We can also translate some dialects of PNG on special request.


Pacific Cultural Competency

Koloa services help you understand how to work effectively with Pacific staff, clients, customers and communities. Our services include bespoke Developing Cultural Competency workshops, one-on-one language classes and small group language classes.

Welcome to the Centre for Pacific Languages

Language and culture are inextricably connected, with culture being deeply understood within the language it embodies. That’s why it’s so important to revitalise Pacific languages – so we can protect and sustain our cultures.


"We’re focused on sustaining and revitalising the languages and cultures represented in our logo."


Ten individual Pacific nations interconnected and unified through shared whakapapa relationships and a collective vision. Our motif takes the viewer on a journey from Samoa and Tonga to Aotearoa, moving through each culture’s tatau and tapa inspired designs.


We have a strong sense of responsibility and a resolute purpose that supports the restoration of Pacific people’s identities. We are tautai or way finders, helping people recover their past, strengthen their present, and envision their future through the restoration of their languages and cultures.

At the Centre for Pacific Languages, we provide free language courses for Pacific communities, cultural competency workshops for corporations and businesses, and Pacific language translation services for clients in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific, and around the world. Our courses are facilitated by a tutor, and classes are taught online with digital learning resources available to you once you enrol.

We have highly respected language and culture experts who can translate your documents into 9 key Pacific languages.

Our cultural experts can also support your organisation by creating bespoke Koloa professional development opportunities for your governance, management and staff.

our story

We were established in 1978 as PIERC Education, before becoming an NZQA Registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) under the name Pasifika Education Centre in 1994.

Now in 2022, with a brand refresh and additional services, we are the Centre for Pacific Languages.


It’s never too late to learn your mother language
It’s never too late to learn your mother language

The chief executive of the Centre for Pacific Languages looks back on 46 years of nurturing Pasifika languages in Aotearoa.

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The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has launched the Pacific Languages Unit, a milestone for Pacific Aotearoa.
MPP launch Language Unit

CPL has played an important part in bringing Pacific history, culture and languages to Aotearoa since 1978.

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