In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Labour’s Aupito Su’a William Sio said his party wanted to pick up where the National government has failed, especially in the promotion of Pacific languages.
Labour wants Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, Niuean and Tokelauan to be promoted in the school system.
“This is a government that came in and started doing away with journals that were printed by the Ministry of Education, then it removed Pacific bilingual education from the Pacific Education planned goals, then it took away a significant chunk of money from the Pasifika Education Centre.
“It really sort of hit home that this government wasn’t looking to preserve and protect Pasifika languages.”
Labour also wants to establish a ministerial advisory group on Pacific immigration and William Sio says there needs to be urgency around dealing with climate change refugees.
The New Zealand general election will be held tomorrow (CI time).