Tino Atonio-Johnston, First Year Undergraduate, Bachelor of Physical Education (Samoan)
Tino Atonio-Johnston is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Physical Education and is majoring in Sport and Leisure Studies. The Pacific On-Campus Experience and family ties with the University of Otago influenced Tino in her choice to enrol at Otago.
"The Student Learning Centre also offer many workshops and I have attended a few including ‘Time management’ and ‘Exam preparation’ which helped my transition into University and how things worked."
Troy Ruhe - Fourth Year, Bachelor of Physical Education with Honours in Physical Activity and Health (Cook Island Māori & New Zealand Māori)
In 2013, Troy Ruhe was awarded the Pacific Peoples' First Year Achievement Prize across the Division of Sciences. This prize is awarded to the Pacific student (from each division) who obtained the highest grade point average in their first year of undergraduate studies – a real accomplishment. Troy's commitment to academic excellence has seen him go on to be awarded a number of other scholarships.
"Come to University with an open mind. Keep your options open and get involved with multiple activities. This is a great way of networking and forming relationships that may lead to opportunities later down the line."
Read why Troy Ruhe chose the University of Otago (PDF, 202 KB)
Division of Health Sciences
Jonathan Feki - Fourth Year, Bachelor of Medicine (Tongan)
Jonathan Feki is in his fourth year of medicine and revelling in the fact that he is now interacting with real life patients, patients with medical histories outside of the textbook.
"I strongly believe that one of the key elements to success is determined not by the obstacles you may encounter but by the way in which you respond to these obstacles. Your first year of university may be challenging in every facet, whether it be academically, socially, mentally and emotionally or even physically. Through this you may face a great deal of people telling you “no” and “you can’t do it” but what is vital here is whether you think the same."
Read more about Jonathan's academic journey (PDF format, 203 KB)
David Nair - Third Year, Bachelor of Medicine (Fijian)
In December 2014 David Nair graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, majoring in Functional Human Biology. David is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery.
"I will never forget Friday the 13th of February 2015, the day I was offered a place in Medicine...The happiness this day brought will be a part of my motivation to do my absolute best in medicine, so that I can have the ability to help our Pacific Communities in whatever way the Lord has planned for me."
Read more of David Nair's inspirational story (PDF format, 642 KB)
Division of Humanities
Amber Pemberton - Third Year, Bachelor of Laws (Samoan)
Whilst in high school Amber visited the University of Otago for 'Hands on Science" and fell in love with the campus.
In May 2015 Amber graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Major: Sociology and she is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Laws.
Read more about Amber's academic journey (PDF format, 187 KB)
Irene Hundleby - PhD Music (Solomon Islander)
Irene is a New Zealand-Solomon Island music honours graduate. She is currently a PhD candidate and her study focuses on the music of women in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands.
"I hope to support Pacific Island research, to break gorund in a new area of research - no one has studied women's music from the Solomons before - as well as contribute to my community and give a voice to my people."
Kara-Lee Hunt - Final Year, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Cook Island Māori & New Zealand Māori)
Kara-Lee Hunt is enrolled in a double degree, she is majoring in Accounting with her Bachelor of Commerce whilst also enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws.
"I chose to study in Otago because I felt they had the best Law faculty in New Zealand."
Rhianne Price - Third Year, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (Niuean)
Rhianne Price is currently enrolled in a double degree, she is majoring in Economics and Finance with her Bachelor of Commerce and her major is Computer Science for her Bachelor of Science. Well done to Rhianne who, in 2014, was awarded the Pacific Peoples' First Year Achievement Prize for both the Division of Sciences and Division of Commerce. This prize is awarded to the Pacific student (from each division) who obtained the highest grade point average in their first year of undergraduate studies.