Pasifika at Vic

Current Pasifika Students

Pasifika Study Spaces

Our presence on campus is subtle, but strong. Friendly spaces for Pasifika students' study can be found throughout the three campuses. Find out more about our Pasifika Student Study Spaces.

Students using the Language Learning Centre

Students in the Language Learning Centre

Pasifika Student Services and Support

At Victoria, every effort is made to ensure your success. You will find there are great staff, support services and resources provided for Pasifika students - read about the resources and support services below.

Pasifika Student Learning Support Advisor

kurasmallKura Moeka'a is the University's Pasifika Learning Adviser. Kura's role is to create a safe space for both learning and teaching. Kura also teaches skills to develop independent learners. She will assist you to develop and improve your study and writing skills, assist with academic reading and writing requirements and with exam and revision planning. Contact her for an appointment, by phoning 04 463 6619, emailing kura.moekaa@vuw.ac.nz , or by dropping into Student Learning, Level 0, New Kirk building, Kelburn Campus.

Pasifika Support Coordinator

Jenny Taotua

Jenny Taotua is the Pasifika Support Coordinator for Te Pūtahi Atawhai. Jenny completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Pacific Studies and Asian Studies at Victoria. Jenny was fortunate to live in Japan for five years and enjoyed every moment of living in what she now calls her second home - Nippon (Japan). Jenny then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary School). Jenny is passionate about helping our Pacific students at Victoria, and ensuring that they get the best support to enable them to make the transition to Victoria a smooth one. Contact Jenny by email jenny.taotua@vuw.ac.nz, or on 04 463 5842.

Pasifika Transition Coordinator

serasmallSera Tokakece works alongside Jenny Taotua as the Pasifika Transition coordinator for Te Pūtahi Atawhai. She is passionate about ‘planting the seed’ to ignite the potential of Pasifika students on their journey to success. Sera applies a holistic approach within a talanoa (conversational) setting to accommodate Pasifika students’ needs throughout their study. For an appointment, contact Sera on 04 463 6903, by email at sera.tokakece@vuw.ac.nz or by dropping into level two of the Student Union Building in Kelburn. Also on Mondays and Thursdays Sera is located at the Railway West Wing room 210, Pipitea campus.

Pasifika Navigator - Subject Librarian

Vaisagote Keneti Vaisagote

Vaisagote Keneti supports the success of Pasifika students and staff by providing a full range of library research, learning and teaching services. He provides weekly sessions specifically for Pasifika undergraduate students needing materials for their assignments. He and his team also organise various Pasifika events, including language weeks in collaboration with the wider University Pasifika community and across all disciplines. To contact Vaisagote, call 04 463 6307 or email keneti.vaisagote@vuw.ac.nz.

Pasifika Student Liaison (Library) 

Eseta M-F

Eseta Malua-Fa’afia is the Pasifika Student Liaison for the Library. She facilitates assistance for students in collaboration with the Pasifika Library Navigator - Subject Librarian, various library teams and other University student services. Eseta provides support for Pasifika students at 'Loto Aho' study sessions, helping students find library resources for their assignments. She also provides library tours at the Kelburn Campus for students, staff and members of the community. To contact Eseta, call her on 04 463 6202 or email eseta.malua-faafia@vuw.ac.nz.

VUWSA President, Jonathan Gee

Jonathan Gee

The Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) advocates strongly for the interests of all students at Victoria. Their executive is approachable, in touch with the needs and concerns of Victoria students, and has led some strong campaigns for students' rights over the years. Membership to VUWSA is free and happens at Clubs Week during the first week of Trimesters 1 and 2 each year. For more information visit the VUWSA website.

VUWSA Welfare Vice-President, Rory Lenihan-Ikin

Rory Lenihan-Ikin

The Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association Welfare Officer, Rory Lenihan-Ikin, promotes healthy, supportive, and equitable outcomes for all students at Victoria. Rory is located in the VUWSA offices on level 4 of the Student Union Building, Kelburn Campus. Phone 04 463 7406 or email rory.lenihan-ikin@vuw.ac.nz.


Māori and Pacific Island (MPI) Tutorials

Our Māori and Pacific Island tutors provide tutorials for selected courses that work through the content of the course while providing an interactive and safe, family-oriented learning environment which is beneficial for Māori and Pacific Island students. Many of the tutors are Māori or Pasifika themselves, and all have previously succeeded in the courses that they tutor. Many of the MPI Tutorials can be attended instead of or alongside mainstream tutorials, to give you a great start. MPI Tutorial signups happen in your specific course in week 1-2 of the Trimester, so get in quick!

The following services are available to all students enrolled at Victoria: