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We’re the only NZQA-registered private training establishment offering free Pacific language classes in NZ.
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About our courses

Because we’re NZ Government funded, our courses are only available to NZ citizens or holders of NZ residency visas. Unfortunately, we can’t offer international enrolments in our FREE courses.

However, we do offer fee paying one-on-one or small group language tutoring through our Cultural business services, so please contact us for more details if you live outside of New Zealand and would like to discuss this option.

We are an NZQA-registered Private Training Establishment (PTE), approved to offer Pacific language courses as Training Schemes. Our funding from the Government means that we can deliver these courses to our communities for free!

We offer Samoan language classes, along with Tongan, Niuean, Tokelauan, Fijian, Rotuman, and Cook Islands Māori language classes. We are in the process of developing courses in Tuvaluan and Kiribati and are aiming to have these running by 2023.

We offer short, 10-week courses taught once a week in a 2hr tutor-facilitated online class via ZOOM. Students should also do at least 1 hour of their own study and practice as they work towards comprehension and fluency.

You can join our courses across three terms per year, for a total of 30 hours (20 hours tutor-facilitated and 10 hours self-directed study) as you seek to improve your language capability.

We offer 3 levels of courses across each language, plus an additional 2 levels for gagana Samoa only.

Language Courses Pathways at Centre for Pacific Languages

Course Timetable

Our courses work on a term-by-term basis.

The date for each term this year is:

Term 1
Monday 7 March – Friday 27 May 2022

Term 2
Monday 13 June – Friday 26 August 2022

Term 3
Monday 19 September – Friday 2 December 2022

Please note that some classes are extended by a week or so due to a public holiday clashing with the usual class schedule.

Search for an upcoming course

Please select a language to find out about current and future free courses available at the Centre for Pacific Languages.

Introduction to Reo Māori Kuki ‘Āirani (Cook Islands Māori Language), Culture & Identity
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20 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
22 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Everyday Conversation in reo Māori Kuki ‘Āirani
Start date End date Enrol
22 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Maintaining reo Māori Kuki ‘Āirani (Cook Islands Māori language) and culture.
Start date End date Enrol
20 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Introduction to Vosa Vakaviti (Fijian Language), Culture & Identity
Start date End date Enrol
22 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Introduction to Fäeag Rotuḁm (Rotuman Language), Culture & Identity
Start date End date Enrol
21 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Introduction to Gagana Sāmoa (Sāmoan Language), Culture & Identity
Start date End date Enrol
20 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
22 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Learn how to converse in gagana Sāmoa with Sāmoan language classes
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21 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Maintaining gagana Sāmoa (Sāmoan language) and culture.
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22 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Level 4 - Beginners
Sāmoan Fa’amatai Bi-lingual Training
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19 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Level 4 - Intermediate
Sāmoan Fa’amatai Bi-lingual Training
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20 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Level 4 - Advanced
Sāmoan Fa’amatai Bi-lingual Training
Start date End date Enrol
21 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Sāmoan Oratory
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23 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Introduction to Tokelauan Language, Culture & Identity
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19 Sep. 2022 28 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Introduction to Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan Language), Culture & Identity
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19 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register your interest
20 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register your interest
Everyday Conversation in Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan Language)
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22 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register your interest
Maintaining Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan Language) and culture.
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19 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register your interest
Introduction to Vagahau Niue, Culture & Identity
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19 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Everyday Conversation in Vagahau Niue (Niue)
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21 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest
Maintaining Vagahau Niue (Niue Language) and culture.
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22 Sep. 2022 25 Nov. 2022 Register Interest

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