Level 3

Learn Niue

Learn to speak Vagahau Niue (the Niuean language) and develop your understanding of the Niue Aga Fakamotu (Niue culture).

Programme highlights

­­Learn to speak Vagahau Niue (the Niuean language) and develop your understanding of the Niue Aga Fakamotu (Niue culture).

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

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

You will learn skills in:

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

Ko e tau monuina hā he haau a tau aloalo lima. 
Prosperity is in the palm of your hands.

Entry requirements

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 https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

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:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Give yourself credit with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Did you know you can use the knowledge and experience you already have to your advantage?

Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other providers’ qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – potentially saving you money and possibly helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.

Programme structure

Programme structure

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

830.319 My surroundings (Niue) (15 credits)

Gain basic language skills and vocabulary as an introduction to Vagahau Niue.

830.320 My family (Niue) (15 credits)

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

830.321 My community (Niue) (15 credits)

Gain skills and vocabulary for communicating within a Niuean community.

830.322 Cultural practices (Niue) (15 credits)

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

Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

~The specified programmes will be free in 2024 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, and dependent children of people eligible for the 2021 Resident Visa, that are eligible for tertiary study. Proof of residency status required. This offer is subject to availability within MIT’s maximum permitted class sizes. Entry criteria apply, and some costs may also apply.

Information is correct as at 6 December 2023. 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 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 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 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.