Consultation has begun on the Pacific Languages Strategy which is aimed at increasing the use of Pacific languages in New Zealand.
Minister for Pacific People's Aupito William Sio said the strategy will allow for more effective leadership and co-ordination across government and supporting communities to drive language revitalisation.
Aupito said unfortunately fewer people are using Pacific languages than they did a couple of decades ago.
He said this strategy celebrates the value of languages and everyone is invited to have their say not just Pacific people.
Photo file RNZ Caption: Minister for Pacific People's Aupito William Sio