The role of Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), held by Associate Professor Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban since its inception in 2010, is unique in a New Zealand university. The role was established to provide strategic direction and support for Pasifika students and staff.
The Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) team promotes Pasifika student enrolment, retention and completion of programmes and builds strong relationships across the University.
The team is also focused on increasing the number of Pasifika staff and ensuring they are well supported, as well as encouraging research into Pasifika issues within New Zealand and the Pacific region.
The Pasifika team takes pride in celebrating the academic success of Pasifika students. This includes hosting graduation celebrations for Pasifika students each May and December and welcoming new students at the start of each year at Victoria's Pasifika Orientation.
The Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) is supported by Executive Officer Gail Ah-Hi and Executive Assistant Marcia McNab.