New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Tonga) (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 Lea Faka-Tonga (the Tongan language) will develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and it will also put this language in its cultural context.

For Tongan 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 Tongan language and who wish to develop these skills.

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 (including nine weeks break)

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.


Career opportunities

You will gain the essential skills to support native speakers in the workforce and the community. These skills are sought after in professions such as nursing and early childhood.

Programme structure

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

830.406 My surroundings (Tonga) (15 credits)

Learn to apply respectful terms in Lea Faka-Tonga language to close surroundings.

830.407 My family (Tonga) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language in Lea Faka-Tonga in family contexts.

830.408 My community (Tonga) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language specific to community situations.

830.409 Culture (Tonga) (15 credits)

Learn to develop and apply a deeper understanding of the Tonga 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.