There is evidence to suggest that the different languages of the Pasifika people in New Zealand are declining (Taumoefolau, Bell & Stark, 2003). This decline particularly in Manukau South Auckland, New Zealand, is a challenge. There are two sides to the challenge. The first, involves the interrelationship between language and culture. The other is a consequence of the impact that the decline might have on the English achievement of Pasifika students who speak a first language (L1) and English as a second language (L2), and on those who attend schools in New Zealand.