Programmes

Cultural intelligence workshops

We run face-to-face workshops focused on accelerating engagement with Pacific peoples. These programmes will help you to better appreciate or reconnect with Pacific culture, language, values, beliefs, and practices and get better at communicating and working with people in your community and workplace.

Some of the content covered in the workshops include developing and implementing your school/organisational Pasifika strategic plan and fostering and improving your understanding of Pacific perspectives to empower and engage your Pasifika staff and client base.

Register your interest now for one of the scheduled dates listed below and we'll be in touch on how to customise the workshop to meet your needs.

Or if you'd like to find out more before registering or want to discuss delivery at your location or on another date contact us on  (09) 926 7812 or email us at pacificatmit@manukau.ac.nz.

Workshop dates for 2020 are:

  • Thursday 19 November 2020
  • Thursday 17 December 2020

Workshop dates for 2021 are:

  • Friday 19 February 2021
  • Thursday 25 March 2021
  • Thursday 22 April 2021
  • Thursday 20 May 2021
  • Thursday 24 June 2021
  • Thursday 15 July 2021
  • Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Wednesday 22 September 2021
  • Thursday 21 October 2021
  • Thursday 18 November 2021

Each workshop is from 9.30am – 3.30pm (catering inclusive) and costs $300 per person (incl. GST)

Register now


Language programmes

MIT is proud to be the only New Zealand tertiary provider to offer NZQA approved qualifications in Pasifika languages - these include Tongan, Samoan, Cook Islands Māori and Niuean.

Reconnect with your culture and get better at communicating with people in your whanau, community and workplace.

“Key to understanding one’s culture is learning one’s language.”

Discover how learning a language connects your work, community and family life.

Tongan Language (Level 3)

"Ko e lea fakatonga koe ''elito ia hotau 'ulungaanga fakatonga"–
"Tongan language is the fundamental feature of our Tongan culture."

Tonga is the third biggest and fastest-growing Pacific group in New Zealand. According to the 2013 census, over 60 percent of Tongans are born and raised in New Zealand.

MIT recognised the significance of this by being the only tertiary provider to offer a qualification in the Tongan language.

This qualification is for anyone who works with Tongan people or to anyone who may want to upskill in the language. You will learn skills in:

  • Speaking/ lea
  • Listening/ fanongo
  • Reading and writing/ Lau tohi moe tohi
  • Understanding cultural practices/ 'ilo kihe 'ulugaanga fakafonua

Find out more about learning the Tongan language.

Samoan Language (Level 3 and 4)

"A leai se gagana, ua leai se aganuu. A leai se aganuu, ua po le nu'u"–
(Fanaafi, 1996) –

If there is no language, then there is no culture.  
If there is no culture, the village is in darkness.

Samoa is the biggest Pacific group in New Zealand with almost 50 percent of the Pacific population. According to the 2013 census, over 60 percent of Samoans are born and raised in New Zealand.

MIT is situated at the heart of New Zealand’s Pacific community and is the only tertiary provider to offer a qualification in the Samoan language.

This qualification is for anyone who works with Samoan people or to anyone who may want to upskill in the language. You will learn skills in:

  • Speaking/ tautalaga
  • Listening/ ffa’alogologo
  • Reading and writing/ fFaitauina ma tusitusiga
  • Understanding cultural practices/ 'fa’amalamalamaina o tu ma aga fa’aleaganu’u

Find out more about learning the Samoan language

Cook Islands Māori (Level 3 and 4)

"Kia pupuru o vaevae, kia mokora o kaki –  
Your legs like the pupuru and your neck like the duck's.  
Be wise, be steady and cool.  
Be strong and courageous and consider things very carefully.  
Stand firmly and be alert."

Cook Islands is the second biggest Pacific group in New Zealand with over 20 percent of the Pacific population. According to the 2013 census, almost 80 percent of Cook Islands Māori are born and raised in New Zealand.

MIT has many strong connections with the Pacific community and is the only tertiary provider to offer a qualification in the Cook Islands Māori language.

This qualification is for anyone who works with Cook Islands Māori people or to anyone who may want to upskill in the language. You will learn skills in:

  • Speaking/ lea
  • Listening/ fanongo
  • Reading and writing/ lau tohi moe tohi
  • Understanding cultural practices/ ‘ilo kihe ‘ulungaanga fakafonua

Find out more about learning Cook Islands Māori