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

Programme highlights

Learn to speak Tongan and develop your understanding of Tongan culture.

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

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

You'll learn skills in:

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

“Ko e Lea Faka-Tongá koe ‘elito ia hotau ‘ulungaanga Faka-Tongá.” (Makeleta Taufa, 2005)

Tongan Language is the fundamental feature of our Tongan Culture.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 3
Domestic fees Free*
*This programme will be free in 2020 for New Zealand citizens, residents entitled to reside in New Zealand indefinitely, and refugees and protected persons (under the Immigration Act 2009), of all ages that are eligible for tertiary study. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria apply, and some costs may also apply.
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ3770

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 Not Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

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.

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 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):

830.307 My Surroundings (Tongan) (15 credits)

Gain the basic language skills and vocabulary as an introduction to Tongan.

830.308 My Family (Tongan) (15 credits)

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

830.309 My Community (Tongan) (15 credits)

Gain skills and vocabulary for communicating within a Tongan community.

830.310 Cultural Practices (Tongan) (15 credits)

Gain skills, knowledge and vocabulary to demonstrate knowledge of Tongan cultural practices.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, 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.