The Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) have teamed up to deliver programmes in Pacific languages and cultures.
The two have signed a joint venture agreement that will also see the re-location of the PEC from its current building in Lambie Drive to the MIT North Campus in facilities in the MIT Pasifika Community Centre.
“MIT is delighted to form this association with the PEC, a long-established feature of Pacific languages and cultures in Auckland,” said Dr Stuart Middleton, Director of External Relations at MIT.
“Their skill and experience in this area will be a foundation on which to build further programmes for our Pacific and wider communities.
“This means the community at large as well as students at MIT will have better access to the widest possible range of programmes and qualifications in Pacific languages and cultures.”
The signing of the agreement is the result of discussions between the Board of PEC and MIT over the past year. This was at the request of the Government which sought a closer relationship between the PEC and MIT.
Mele Wendt, the newly appointed Chair of the PEC Board, says “The joint venture not only meets government’s requirement but will enable PEC to operate alongside a well-established tertiary education provider that recognises the value and significance that our Pasifika communities place on all our languages and cultures.”
“We believe that by coming together in this way, we will ensure that efforts to recognise sustain and promote Pasifika languages over the last 40 years will be greatly enhanced for the future.
“We acknowledge the Minister for Pacific Peoples and the Ministry for their support of PEC in terms of funding for 2017 as well as the development of this joint venture.”
The PEC office and staff will relocate to the new premises at the end of May.
PEC Chief Executive Christine Nurminen looks forward to the opportunities that will open up for PEC within this joint venture.
“We are excited about working with our MIT colleagues.
While PEC continues to focus on community-based programmes and Pacific competency training we will be supporting the development of new programme offerings which serve to further grow and revitalise Pacific languages and cultures.”
2017 Pacific Language Weeks
Samoa: Sunday 28 May – Saturday 3 June 2017
Cook Islands: Sunday 30 July – Saturday 5 August 2017
Tonga: Sunday 3 September – Saturday 9 September 2017
Tuvalu: Sunday 1 October – Saturday 7 October 2017
Fiji: Sunday 8 October – Saturday 14 October 2017
Niue: Sunday 15 October – Saturday 21 October 2017
Tokelau: Sunday 29 October – Saturday 4 November 2017