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Pacific Student Support Staff

The Pacific Islands Centre

The Pacific Islands Centre provides a welcoming environment designed to help all students of Pacific descent to make the most of their time at University. Students use the Centre for advice on anything from academic assistance, scholarships and accommodation to legal and immigration matters and places to worship. The Centre also organise a variety of academic, cultural and social events throughout the year.  Below you will find the contact details for the friendly staff at the Centre, the staff are there to assist you with your academic journey and to ensure it is as enjoyable and stress free as possible.


Nina Kirifi-Alai_thumbnailTofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai BA, LLB

Manager
Tel 64 3 479 8278
Email pacific@otago.ac.nz
Website Pacific Islands Centre


Christine Anesone_thumbnailChristine Anesone BA

Pacific Islands Community Liaison Officer
Tel 64 3 479 4981
Email christine.anesone@otago.ac.nz
Website Pacific Islands Centre


Eric Nabalagi Bio Photo_2016Eric Nabalagi BCom

Pacific Students' Transition Officer
Tel 64 3 479 6050
Email eric.nabalagi@otago.ac.nz
Website Pacific Islands Centre

Davina Rasch Salanoa BioDavina Rasch Salanoa BCom

Administrator
Tel 64 3 479 8278
Email davina.salanoa@otago.ac.nz
Website Pacific Islands Centre


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Each of the four academic divisions have dedicated Pacific Student Support Staff:


 

Division of Sciences

Marie Inder_bioDr Marie Inder, Pacific Islands student support (part-time) BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Otago)

Marie joined the Division of Sciences support team in February 2015 and her background is in Microbiology Research and Teaching.

Marie is the support person for all Pacific students enrolled in Science papers and degrees, and she is available to help you with course advice and work with you in planning study and exam timetables.

Marie is dedicated to engaging with Pacific students enrolled in the Sciences division and can liaise with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to you and your course of study.

Please feel free to contact Marie if you have a question, a comment or a concern. Confidentiality and action with any problems or queries are guaranteed.

Tel 64 3 479 9267
Cel 64 21 279 9267
Email marie.inder@otago.ac.nz
Division of Sciences, Union Court Room 106
85 Union Place west, University of Otago, Dunedin
Website Pacific Student Support Sciences

My office hours
Pacific Island Student Support - Mon, Tues, Thur: 8-3.30; Wed: 8-2; Fri: 12.30-2.30
Sciences PIRSSU Teaching Fellow - Wed: 2-5; Fri: 8-12.30


Yvonne TakauMs Yvonne Takau, Pacific Islands Student Support (part-time)

Yvonne joined the Division of Sciences support team mid-2017 while completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics at the University of Otago.

Yvonne is available to provide pastoral course advice, exam prep and study help; and can liaise with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to students, with a particular emphasis on first year students, and their course of study.


Tel 64 3 479 9267
Email yvonne.takau@otago.ac.nz
Hours Mon - Fri 9am - 12:30pm

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Division of Health Sciences

Albany Lucas_BioAlbany Lucas, Programme Coordinator BA, LLB, MBHL (Otago)

Albany joined the Pacific Islands Research and Student Support Unit in February 2015.

Albany coordinates the academic programmes and monitors the achievement of Pacific students within the Division of Health Sciences.

Albany also coordinates the mentoring programmes for students in health professional programmes and Otago School of Medical Sciences students.

Tel 64 3 471 6360
Email albany.lucas@otago.ac.nz
PIRSSU, 71 Fredrick Street, University of Otago, Dunedin
Website Pacific at Health Sciences


talai mapusuaTalai Mapusua, Programme Coordinator BA, MIndS (Otago)

Tel 64 3 471 6360
Email talai.mapusua@otago.ac.nz
Website Pacific at Health Sciences

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Division of Humanities

Esmay Eteuati bio photo 3Esmay Eteuati, Pacific Islands Students' Support Officer (part-time) B.Ed, MIndS (Otago)

As the support person for all Pacific students enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees Esmay will help you liaise with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to you and your course of study.

Esmay also helps students' facilitate access to pastoral care, student services, and course planning advice within the university.

Please feel free to contact Esmay if you have a question, a comment or a concern. Confidentiality and action with any problems or queries are guaranteed.

Tel 64 3 479 9616
Email esmay.eteuati@otago.ac.nz
Office Room 5C9a, Fifth Floor, Arts Building
95 Albany Street, University of Otago, Dunedin
Website Pacific Student Support Humanities

Esmay's office hours
Monday 9am-5pm | Friday 9am-5pm
Please send Esmay an email to make an appointment if you would like to meet at a time outside of her regular office hours.

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Otago Business School and Division of Commerce

Esmay Eteuati bio photo 3Esmay Eteuati, Pacific Islands Student Academic Advisor (part-time) B.Ed, MIndS (Otago)


Esmay is passionate about the retention and academic success of local and international Pacific students.

Esmay’s role is to liaise with academic departments and Student Services with respect to any issues relating to Pacific students’ and their course of study.

Esmay supports both staff and students in the Otago Business School and has a network of contacts with other divisions around the University.

Tel: 64 3 479 4756
Email esmay.eteuati@otago.ac.nz
Website Pacific Student Support Commerce

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Other Pacific Islands Student contacts:

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