The Samoan population is the largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand. Our Samoan courses complement the efforts of the Samoan community to maintain and develop the language.

Studying Samoan will help you to understand the complexities of fa'a Samoa (Samoan culture), Samoan values and world-views. It can enrich your study of subjects such as Anthropology, Pacific Studies and Linguistics. For New Zealand born Samoans, studying Samoan is a great opportunity to learn more about your cultural and linguistic heritage.

Samoan and your career

Knowledge of Samoan can be useful for careers in education, the public service, social services and welfare, business, marketing, journalism, language teaching, interpreting and translation.

Study options in Samoan

Samoan is available for undergraduate programmes and is taught by Pacific Studies in the School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies.

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