Va'aomanū Pasifika

Va'aomanū Pasifika

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kam na mauri, Halo olgeta, Ia orana, Aloha kākou, Kaselehlie, Tēnā koutou katoa.

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24 March 2016 Victoria graduates working to grow Pacific prosperity
The Pacific knowledge, skills and understanding three graduates gained at Victoria University of Wellington are being put to good use in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Pasifika Team. Read more
22 March 2016 Vicky Shandil, PhD Student in Pacific Studies
Vicky's current research aims to study the presence of gender liminality in folklore. Read more
22 March 2016 Samoan Studies Welcomes Students
The Samoan Studies programme hosted a barbeque to welcome their new and returning students  for another academic year. Read more

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Welcome from Dr. Teresia Teaiwa, Director

"Kam na bane ni mauri! Ni sa bula vinaka! Welcome to Va'aomanū Pasifika, our canoe of good fortune, and the home of Samoan Studies and Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington."


Vicky ShandilVicky Shandil, PhD student in Pacific Studies

Vicky's current research aims to study the presence of gender liminality in folklore. The study will also analyse how the Pacific setting may have influenced the gender situation of a diasporic community. Read more about Vicky

Emily Fatu

Emily Fatu, MA Student in Pacific Studies

Emily’s research is focused on Pacific ‘mixedness’, identity and creative arts, which developed from her own mixed Pacific heritage and her interest in Art History. Read more about Emily

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Girl preparing 'afa for ava ceremony


Lecturer Leausālilō Sadat Muaiava shares his alofa for languages and what excites him about studying and teaching the Samoan language.

CaseHear Emalani speak about her studies here at Victoria, what Va'aomanu means to her and adjusting to life in New Zealand.

Victoria Chats with Teaching Fellow, Dr Emalani Case

Teresia Teaiwa wins Teaching Excellence Award

Teresia Teaiwa receives Teaching Excellence Award

Appointed as the first Pacific Studies lecturer at Victoria in 2000, Teresia won a Teaching Excellence Award. Read more about Teresia

George Carter

George Carter, Va’aomanū Pasifika alumnus, gave a guest lecture in PASI 101, The Pacific Heritage, via Skype from Canberra. He is a proud VUW alumnus having completed a BA with a double major in Pacific Studies and Political Science in 2006. Read more about George

Esther front pageVictoria’s first ever Pacific Studies PhD graduate has turned her research into a free, interactive app aimed at supporting new Pasifika parents. Read more about Dr Cowlely-Malcolm