A boost for Pacific languages
The languages we use say something about not just who we are, but where we are. They speak to our sense of belonging, our identity and our understanding of how we came to be here.
But Pacific languages in New Zealand are struggling. Without action we risk losing an incredible repository of wisdom and culture, and a sense of belonging for our Pacific peoples.
The Wellbeing Budget is providing $20 million over four years so the Ministry for Pacific Peoples can establish a new Pacific Language Unit, with a set of language support functions to help ensure the survival of Pacific languages.