Language and Culture

For over 40 years we have been supporting people to learn and gain confidence with Pacific languages and culture.  Our tutors are all proficient and experienced in their language and culture and we support them to ensure they can share this with others.

Five Languages

  • Kuki ‘Airani – Cook Islands Maori
  • Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian
  • Vagahau Niue – Niuean
  • Gagana Samoa – Samoan
  • Lea Faka Tonga – Tongan

Our courses

We provide a range of opportunities delivered by language specialists and for specific purposes. There is a charge for the customised services.

Basic Intro to Pacific Language, Culture Identity

This course is designed for people who have NEVER taken a PEC language course before and have no language fluency in their chosen Pacific language. The aim of this programme is for learners to gain the basic skills related to the Pacific language and the culture of the people the language represents.

Everyday Conversation in a Pacific Language in Aotearoa

This course is designed for people who have previously taken and completed the Basic Introduction course in their chosen Pacific language and should now move to the next level. The aim is to develop language and cultural knowledge to enhance communication and interactions with other speakers of a Pacific language.

 

Maintaining a Pacific Language & Culture

This course is designed for people who have previously taken the Everyday Conversation course in their chosen Pacific language and should now move up to this level and engage in conversation. The aim is to further develop Pacific skills including cultural and historical knowledge.

Samoan Fa'amatai Bi-lingual Programme

This course is designed for people who are New Zealand born and raised, have become matai and would like to know more about understanding and participating in extended family occasions that require a working knowledge of gagana fa’amatai.

The aim is to enrich Samoan matai, both male and female, who are raised in Aotearoa with Samoan values, protocols and practices.  The programme also contributes to the building of confidence and uphold certain obligations through service to their communities here in Aotearoa and back in the homeland of Samoa.

Samoan Oratory & Aganu'u Fa'asamoa

This course is designed for people who are Samoan born and raised or have a fluent command of Gagana Samoa.  Participants are matai and would like to know more about understanding and participating in extended family occasions that require a skilled and artful articulation of gagana fa’amatai. There is no English spoken in this class at all.

The aim is to enrich Samoan matai, both male and female, who are raised in Aotearoa with Samoan values, protocols and practices.  The programme also contributes to the building of confidence and uphold certain obligations through service to their communities here in Aotearoa and back in the homeland of Samoa.

Digital Resources
Watch this space

Here at PEC we want to make language, culture and identity readily accessible to everyone. In partnership with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and other community partners, PEC is developing digital resources and tools that can be used in everyday life at work, at school, in the community or just socialising and catching up with family and friends.

We are excited to make our language and cultural treasures accessible to all our communities and to cater for the diverse ways in which our people want to access the digital realm. Coming soon in mid 2020.

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