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

Programme highlights

Pacific languages have a very important place in New Zealand.

This programme is not only for Pasifika people but also for people who work professionally with Pasifika people and who want to improve their communication with their clients.

For Tongan people who were raised in New Zealand, this is a chance to increase fluency in your language, learn more about your culture and gain skills to lead family events.

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.

An intermediate understanding of the Tongan language is required.

Key facts

Start month(s)


Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees


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Programme code NZ3771

Part-time for 1 year (32 teaching weeks), evenings 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
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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Level 4)

Study pacific languages at MIT

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

Some language knowledge is required.


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.

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.

Information is correct as at 9 December 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 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 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 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. 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 and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.