Ministry for Pacific Peoples opens Provider Languages Fund
Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio has announced the opening of the Provider Languages Fund, which offers grants of up to $50,000 to eligible Pacific language providers and groups who can deliver a range of Pacific language initiatives “to revitalise, grow and strengthen the value of Pacific languages, cultures and identities”.
According to comparisons from Census 2013 to Census 2018, the proportion of speakers of Pacific languages has declined across the board, and for some languages such as those of the realm countries (The Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) and small island groups, the decline is even more significant.
The 2019 Wellbeing Budget set aside $20 million over four years toward the support of Pacific languages and cultures, funding a range of initiatives aimed at reversing the decline in the uptake and use of Pacific languages.
“The success of our efforts to ensure the future growth of Pacific languages throughout New Zealand will depend on the strength and depth of partnerships between our Pacific communities and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, with our communities leading that partnership,” says Aupito William Sio.
“It was our communities that identified Pacific languages as the key to their wellbeing. By supporting the languages of our Pacific peoples, we enable them to lead more confident, more resilient, prosperous lives, enriching all of Aotearoa New Zealand.”
The fund will be administered through the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and applications can be accepted from today and will close on Monday 14 September.
Further information about the Provider Languages Fund and how to apply can be found at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples website here.