Pasifika language

Pasifika students in NZ get new language resources

The dual language resources include 100 dual-language flip books, audio and online resources in Samoan, Tongan, Tokelauan, Cook Islands Māori and Niuean - as well as English, along with supporting materials for teachers and parents.

The Education Minister Hekia Parata said the materials are designed to build on the strengths of Pasifika new entrants' existing language skills to support the development of their English language and literacy skills.

NZ's Auckland urged to support Pasifika languages

Su'a William Sio says the government, in its refusal to adopt a national language policy, has turned its back on Pasifika and Asian languages.

Sio says having citizens who are able to communicate effectively in more than one language of social, cultural and economic benefit to New Zealand.

"We will be launching that strategy and presenting it to Auckland council who will then be charged with the task of taking it back to the full council and I am hopeful that the full council will adopt a strong policy and lead the way for the rest of New Zealand to follow."