Pasifika Student Success

We offer supportive environments and services for every stage of your journey, whether you’re a new student or in your final year.

The Pasifika Student Success team can help you navigate your transition into tertiary study. We foster Pasifika learning and teaching communities in an environment that is welcoming, safe, and focused on academic excellence, personal growth and wellbeing.

Study space and support

We have culturally safe places where Pasifika students can study and seek advice—check out our Pasifika study spaces on campus.

We also run study sessions for specific courses and group revision workshops during Study Week at the end of each trimester.

Academic mentoring

Our academic mentoring programme connects students at any level of study who want academic advice and guidance to student mentors who have achieved good grades. Get in touch with one of our staff to find out how it works.

Advice and holistic success

If you're in need of advice about any aspect of university life, talk us. We work within Pasifika cultural frameworks and look at every situation in the context of you as a whole. Drop in for a talanoa.

Meet the team

Director, Pasifika Student Success

Sashi is a graduate of Victoria and has diverse experience in education, business, communication, cultural developments in New Zealand and management of resources. Sashi leads the Pasifika Student Success team to ensure the success of Pasifika student equity-related activities within and outside of Victoria. His role also includes advocacy, capability building in staff and students, and the use of evidence-based research to support further developments for the Pasifika Student Success team.

Manager, Pasifika Student Success

Aaron is of Samoan and Niuean descent and a graduate of both Waikato and Victoria universities. His role is to manage and lead the operations of the Pasifika Student Success team. University is an incredible time of growth and challenge for the students that the team will support.  Aaron’s main challenge to students is to put in hard work over the next 3 to 5 years as this will have a major influence on the rest of their lives.

Senior Transition and Engagement Adviser

Jenny hails from the beautiful city of opportunity Porirua.  She is passionate about serving and journeying with intelligent, aspiring and motivated young Pasifika leaders at Victoria who have a great destiny and purposeful lives ahead of them. She manages the 200/300 Academic Mentoring programme in Humanities, Education, Music and Commerce.

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Humanities and Education

Sera was born in Fiji and migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand at the age of six. She is from Lau and Gau.

University is like learning a new language. Sera’s role is to guide Pasifika students, as they learn the University language.

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Commerce and Health

Malo e lelei.  Kalo supports Pasifika students on their journey within this institution. Her grandpa always said ke ‘oua lau e kafo, lau e lava – do not dwell on your trials, strive for success. Pasifika students face their own trials, but Kalo’s challenge is to never give up, and to ALWAYS strive for success. Leveleva e malanga, tu’a ‘ofa atu.

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Law

Purcell is a Pasifika Engagement Adviser who provides holistic support to Pasifika law students attending Victoria University of Wellington. Originally from Hastings, Purcell moved to Wellington in 2013 for study.  He has a conjoint LLB and BCom from Victoria and his main aim is to support all Pasifika law students to ensure that they stay and achieve.

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Science and Engineering

Teneya is Samoan from the villages of Fasiso’otai and Leulumoega. She has a BSc (Marine Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity) and a Master of Science in Society. In her role as the student engagement adviser, she wants to increase the Pasifika students doing Science and desires to inspire our Pasifika community to strive for success.

Pasifika Mentoring Coordinator

Fabie is the daughter of Auva’a and Fara Masoe from the villages of Asau, Safune, Salelologa, Sa’anapu and Alafua, Samoa and completed her Bachelor of Arts (Samoan Studies, Pacific Studies and Cultural Anthropology) at Victoria. She is a strong advocate for Pasifika success and is committed to increasing and improving Pasifika engagement, retention and completion. Fabies manages the 100-level Academic Mentoring programme.

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 each trimester, so get in quick!

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