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.
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.
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.