Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies

Having a Pacific perspective and language skills are highly marketable in Aotearoa and throughout the Pacific.

Is there anything new about migration and cultural change in the Pacific region? What can coconuts tell us about the spread of Pacific languages? "Teu le vafealoai" means looking after relationships in Samoan; how can all peoples living in the Pacific benefit from understanding this?

Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies (Fa'asāmoa) enable people to answer questions such as these and many more by building students’ understanding of the people and issues shaping the Pacific. It draws on history, politics, language, literature, contemporary media, music, art, and relationship building with Pacific communities.

People who identify as Pasifika or come from Pacific countries make up a key part of Aotearoa and are influential in our government and economy. Graduates become knowledgeable about the complexities of Pacific history; they understand the effects of colonisation and the issues that can arise when different cultures live and work together. As employees, entrepreneurs and/or future employers, having a Pacific perspective is an advantage that graduates can use to market themselves throughout the Pacific. Through their work they will be able to make a contribution to the development of Pasifika communities in New Zealand, within the Pacific region, and internationally.

Where Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies graduates work

  • Public sector
  • Local government
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Education
  • Business/Legal/Financial
  • Creative industries, media and content
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Library and Information Management
  • Social services and health
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Human resources

Skills Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies develop

  • Critical thinking and research
  • Creative thinking
  • Communication
  • Cultural awareness
  • Leadership

To learn more see Career View and Va'aomanū Pasifika (Va'aomanū Pasifika is comprised of the Pacific Studies and the Samoan Studies Programmes).