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Give us your feedback on the draft Pacific Languages Strategy

Give us your feedback on the draft Pacific Languages Strategy

Our Pacific languages are a vital part of our culture, identity and our wellbeing. 

We have put together a draft Pacific Languages Strategy to help support an increase in the use of our languages in Aotearoa.

If there is anything that COVID-19 has taught us so far, it’s the importance of our languages in connecting and supporting each other. Comparisons from Census 2013 to Census 2018 data shows that the proportion of speakers of Pacific languages in Aotearoa has declined.

Whether you are a young person, a parent, a teacher or a community leader or just someone with a passion for supporting Pacific languages to thrive – we welcome your feedback. We also welcome feedback from community organisations, businesses, Churches and any groups that serve Pacific communities.

Consultation will run from 4 October to 12 November 2021.

Read the draft Pacific Languages Strategy

Read the summary

Read the consultation questions

The Pacific Languages Strategy will outline what is needed to support an increase in the use of our languages in Aotearoa.

See the draft Pacific Languages Strategy

See the consultation questions

For the Pacific Languages Strategy to work, we need your input and feedback to understand what is needed to support your language or languages.

We are asking for your input on what is needed to support an increase in the use of Pacific languages in Aotearoa.

We will use your feedback to finalise the Pacific Languages Strategy and provide advice to Government on what is needed to support an increase in the use of Pacific languages in Aotearoa.

Consultation will run from 4 October to 12 November 2021.

You can have your say by:

  • We have a feedback form available on our website that gives you an opportunity to have your say directly and confidentially.
  • Sending your feedback by email:[email protected]
    You can also get in touch with us by email with any feedback, input or questions. 

The feedback you give will not identify you personally or as an individual because all information and data collected will be aggregated. However, we may list your name in the final report as an individual as part of the overall list of people who provided input during the consultation. If you do not wish to be named personally, please do let us know.

Give us your feedback on the draft Pacific Languages Strategy


The draft Pacific Languages Strategy has three key actions that are intended to support an overall vision of thriving Pacific languages in Aotearoa:

  • Key action 1: Shift perspectives to ensure Pacific language use is valued
  • Key action 2: Increase opportunities and pathways for learning Pacific languages
  • Key action 3: Create environments for Pacific languages to be used more often, and in more spaces


Our communities have worked hard to build and maintain our languages here in Aotearoa. There are a range of initiatives and programmes throughout the country to support Pacific languages including Language Weeks and community events.


There has been a growing movement in our education system to support Pacific languages and give young people more resources to learn and maintain their languages.