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

Kia Ora, Mālō e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula and warm Pacific greetings.

When Pacific languages and cultures thrive, our communities thrive, and Aotearoa becomes a better place for everyone.


"Pacific languages are a cornerstone of our health, wellbeing and identity as Pacific peoples. When our languages are spoken, heard and celebrated, our communities thrive,"


We are tautai or wayfinders, helping people recover their past, strengthen their present, and envision their future through the restoration of their languages, cultures and identities


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.

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Dr Rae Si'ilata

The trustee of the Centre for Pacific Languages, Dr Rae Si'ilata spoke with Pacific Waves (Radio New Zealand) host Susana Suisuiki to talk more about the 'Koloa' fono.

"More action needed to protect Pacific languages."

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.


A Pacific language champion is appointed the new Chief Executive Officer for the Centre for Pacific Languages (CPL).

On behalf of the Board, it is indeed a great pleasure, that I announce the appointment of Fesaitu Solomone to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Centre for Pacific Languages (CPL) – Sina Wendt (ONZM).

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The Centre for Pacific Languages release the 1st edition of the Speak Pacific App.

It has been a busy month of Pacific Language week celebrations and as we reach the end of another successful series and in honour of the 2023 Pacific Language Week celebrations, we are excited to announce the first edition release of the Centre for Pacific Languages – Speak Pacific App.

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