New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Samoa) (Level 4)

Programme highlights

Pacific languages have a very important place in New Zealand not only for Pacific people but also for people who work professionally with Pacific peoples and who want to improve their communication with their clients. 

This programme in Gagana Samoa (the Samoan language) will develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and will also put this language in its cultural context.

For Samoan people who were raised in New Zealand, this is a chance to increase fluency in your language and learn more about your culture.

This programme is aimed at students who have an intermediate understanding of the Samoan language and who wish to develop these skills further.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 4
Domestic fees Free*
Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme Code NZ3771

41 weeks (part-time, evenings plus two Saturdays)

Study Method Part-time
Credits 60
International Fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Pacific Languages at MIT

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

Some language knowledge is required.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

Programme structure

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

830.402 My surroundings (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to apply respectful terms in Samoa language to close surroundings.

830.403 My family (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language in Samoa in family contexts.

830.404 My community (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language to different communities.

830.405 Culture (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to develop and apply a deeper understanding of the Samoa language and 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 October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 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.