In spite of an increase in interest in Pacific languages from second and third generation Pacific Islanders in New Zealand, critics say the government “doesn’t value Pasifika languages and cultures”. Asia-Pacific Journalism reports in the wake of Pasifika Education Centre funding cuts.
Report – By Mata Lauano
Language retention among second and third generation Pacific people is on the rise, but recent funding cuts to a major education provider is jeopardising this.
Labour MP Su’a William Sio says funding cuts to the Pasifika Education Centre could mean the demise of a charitable trust that exists to preserve, maintain and promote the use of Pacific languages.
This doesn’t bode well for the retention of Pacific languages in New Zealand, says Su’a. Read more »