Pacific Students

​Kia Ora, Talofa lava, Malo e Lelei, Kia Orana, Taloha Ni, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Halo Olgeta and warm Pacific greetings.

Whitireia is committed to supporting you and your learning. As a Pacific student, we consider that you are a very important part of the community life at Whitireia. We have developed programmes and networks to support you during your time here, and a strong Pacific focused team who are committed to working with you to enhance your academic success.

Pasifika Academic Student Success

The Pasifika Academic Student Success Coordinator provides friendly academic and cultural support to Pacific students at Whitireia. If this is your first time studying at a tertiary institution, you may be looking for support, information and encouragement with:

  • Financial advice & support
  • advice/ advocacy with personal and attendance issues
  • assignment planning, writing and referencing
  • basic computer and word processing use
  • cultural understanding and support
  • scholarship enquiries and application support
  • Whitireia Online (Moodle) use
Contact Hours​: 8.00am – 4.00pm Mon – Fri
After hours by appointment
Tel: (04) 2373 100 Ext: 3766
leisha.williams@whitireia.ac.nz

Pacific Community Liaison Team

Our Pacific Community Liaison team is responsible for engaging with and developing strong links with our Pacific Communities to ensure their needs are addressed. Ethnic specific staff are responsible for setting up forums with the following community groups: Cook Islands, Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga. The team is also committed to the Fiji, Niue and Tuvalu communities and other Pacific people.

The Pacific Liaison team can discuss any study-related issues including:

  • networking within and outside Whitireia
  • support for international students from the South Pacific
  • cultural understanding and support
  • advocacy
Contact: Veronica Vaovasa
Pacific Community Liaison
Tel: (04) 237 3100 ext 4468
veronica.vaovasa@whitireia.ac.nz
Got a question or feedback?
Call us on 0800 944 847
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