Pasifika academic camp

Future students

We provide a wide range of Pasifika student support services at Victoria to ensure a successful university experience for all new and existing students.

Come and join our diverse Pasifika community at Victoria—the first university in New Zealand to appoint an Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), our Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Dame 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

Victoria's Māori and Pasifika Outreach Coordinators operate a weekly programme in 14 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 Ashley Te Whare, Team Leader, on 04 463 5513 or via email,

Pasifika liaison officer

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,

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    Tapu Vea

    Pasifika Liaison Officer Student Recruitment and Orientation

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.

Pasifika services and support

Victoria University of Wellington 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:

  • Our Pasifika Student Success team can help you with learning support, personal growth, and wellbeing—facilitating study sessions and academic mentoring to help you make the most of your time at university.
  • Student Learning has a Pasifika Learning Advisor, 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 1 and 2.

Remember to check out our School Leaver Scholarships too.