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New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Samoa) (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Learn to speak Gagana Samoa (the Samoan language) and develop your understanding of Samoan culture.

This qualification is for anyone who works with Pacific nations people and wants to improve their communication skills.

If you're of Samoan descent raised in New Zealand, this is a chance to reconnect to your language and culture.

You will learn skills in:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading and writing
  • Understanding cultural practices.

A leai se Gagana, ua leai se aganuu. A leai se aganuu, ua po le nu'u.
If there is no language, then there is no culture. If there is no culture, the village is in darkness. (Fanaafi, 1996)

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara,

Unitec Waitākere campus,(July only)

Level 3
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ3770

Part-time for 1 year (32 teaching weeks), evening classes Monday and Wednesday 5.30pm to 8.30pm plus two Saturdays.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 4 years.

Study method


Credits 60
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Study pacific languages at MIT

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

830.323 My surroundings (Samoa) (15 credits)

Gain basic language skills and vocabulary as an introduction to Samoa.

830.324 My family (Samoa) (15 credits)

Gain language skills and vocabulary for communicating within a Samoan family.

830.325 My community (Samoa) (15 credits)

Gain skills and vocabulary for communicating within a Samoan community.

830.326 Cultural practices (Samoa) (15 credits)

Gain skills, knowledge and vocabulary to demonstrate knowledge of Samoan culture.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the languages calendar.

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.