[lg policy] New Zealand's Auckland urged to support Pasifika languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Nov 27 16:10:19 UTC 2015

 NZ 's Auckland urged to support Pasifika languages

Updated at 8:19 am on 27 November 2015


[image: Labour MP, Su'a Willliam Sio.]

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

*The Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson of New Zealand's opposition
Labour Party is calling on the Auckland Council to show the national
government it believes in the benefits of a multilingual society.*

Su'a William Sio says the government, in its refusal to adopt a national
language policy, has turned its back on Pasifika and Asian languages.

Mr Sio says having citizens who are able to communicate effectively in more
than one language of social, cultural and economic benefit to New Zealand.

*"We will be launching that strategy and presenting it to Auckland council
who will then be charged with the task of taking it back to the full
council and I am hopeful that the full council will adopt a strong policy
and lead the way for the rest of New Zealand to follow." *

Labour's Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson, Su'a William Sio.

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