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New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Samoa)

If you’re of Samoan descent and want to reconnect with your culture, or if you work in a Samoan context and want to improve your communication skills, this Certificate will give you the skills you need.


Please note: This is an Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) programme and delivered by MIT staff, taught at Unitec’s Waitākere campus. You can apply directly on Manukau Institute of Technology's website.

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Learn to speak Gagana Samoa (the Samoan language) and develop your understanding of Samoan culture.

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

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

You will learn skills in:

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

By the end of the programme, you will have an expanded Samoan vocabulary and be able to engage in basic communication with a Samoan language speaker in a community or workplace setting. The programme is made up of four 15-credit courses:

  • My surroundings.
  • My family.
  • My Community.
  • Cultural Practices.


Start Month: This course runs in July.

Duration: Part-time for one year consisting of 4 blocks of 8 weeks, with two sessions per week.

Sessions run between 5:30 - 8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings, with one in-class session and one online.

There are also two additional Saturday classes in each block which run from 9:00 - 2:00 pm.

Fees: Free

Credits: 60


Where to from here?

Upon successful completion, you can transition into MIT’s NZ Certificate in Pacific Language (Samoa) (Level 4).

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.