Pasifika at Vic

Come and join our diverse Pasifika community at Victoria - the first university in New Zealand to appoint an Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban

A professional, friendly and effective support network exists to help you get the most out of your studies, make new friends and enjoy your time here. Come join our family and make the best decision of your life!

 

Contacts for Future Pasifika Students

Māori and Pasifika Outreach Coordinators

Fa'afoi Seiuli

Victoria's Māori and Pasifika Outreach Coordinators operate a weekly programme in 15 colleges across Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Wellington. The aim of the programme is to support students on their path to further education and to help students realise their full potential. During these weekly sessions the coordinators teach learning skills to students to help them achieve in their internal and external assessments and prepare for study at university. Mentoring by the coordinators, as well as by current Victoria students, is given regularly. Individual and team building activities during the school holidays and an end-of-year camp are also an important part of the programme. For participating schools in your area, or more information about the Outreach programme, contact Fa'afo'i Seiuli on 04 463 6673 or via email, faafoi.seiuli@vuw.ac.nz.

Pasifika Liaison Officer

Tapu Vea

Tapu Vea is Victoria’s Pasifika Liaison Officer. Tapu can assist you and your family with course planning information, entrance and admission enquiries, school-leaver scholarships, and questions about university study in general. She can also help you through the application process and assist you to connect up with the wonderful Pasifika support team at Victoria. Tapu is the best first contact for Pasifika students planning on coming to study at Victoria. You can contact her on 04 463 6670 or 0800 VICTORIA. You can also contact her via email, tapu.vea@vuw.ac.nz

Pasifika Student Orientation

Tapu Vea from Student Recruitment and Orientation (SRAO) and her team run a full and exciting Pasifika Orientation programme for first-year Pasifika students in late February of each year, the week before University lectures begin. This is an ideal opportunity for you and your family to hear about support services, meet other Pasifika students, get to know our Pasifika staff and support team, and work out how to find your way around Victoria’s five campuses before beginning your studies.  

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Pasifika Services and Support at Victoria

Victoria has some of the best support available for Pasifika students. Check out just some of the services provided to help you do well in your studies:

  • Te Pūtahi Atawhai (TPA) translates as ‘where people come together to get assistance’. TPA provides support via the following:

    • The Pasifika Support Coordinator and Pasifika Transition Coordinator, who encourage and assist Pasifika students to participate and succeed at university. You are provided with a kete (basket) of specific support tailored to your individual needs and you can also be linked to all other services in the University. 

    • Māori and Pasifika students’ mentoring programme, where students receive academic mentoring from a senior student who has done well in the same papers previously. If you are studying towards a degree within the Victoria Business School, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education or the New Zealand School of Music - learn from your mentor’s experience.
  • Te Rōpū Āwhina (Āwhina) is the on-campus whānau/'āiga for Pasifika and Māori students in the SEAD faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design. Āwhina is about collective success, high expectations, aspirations, achievements, reciprocity and inclusiveness. You can start getting involved with Āwhina from your first year.

  • The Faculty of Law has a Pasifika Law Students' Coordinator who provides pastoral care and academic advice for our Pasifika Law students. 

  • The Pasifika Law Students’ Society (PLSS) in the Faculty of Law encourages and supports Pasifika students in their study.

  • Student Learning has a Pasifika Learning Advisor, Tekura Moeka'a, who teaches skills to help develop independent learners and thinkers. 

  • The Library has a Pasifika Library Navigator - Subject Librarian and a Pasifika Student Liaison who provide workshops and one-to-one consultation for all students studying PASI or SAMO papers. There is also a dedicated Pasifika space 'Wan Solwara' (One Ocean), library tours available, and organised Pasifika events that encourage students to showcase their art, culture and language e.g. annual Pasifika Language Weeks.

  • There are 11 Pasifika clubs you can join on campus. To join, attend Clubs Week during the first week of Trimester One or Two.

Learn more about the services and support we have on offer for our Pasifika students.

Don't forget to check out our School Leaver Scholarships also.