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Pacific Postgraduate Reference Group

Established in 2002, the Pacific Postgraduate Reference Group exists to support Pacific postgraduate and research students. Through monthly seminars and meetings, the Group provides a place where students can bring their frustrations and ideas and seek support and guidance from one another.

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Membership of the Pacific Postgraduate Reference Group

The group is made up of Pacific postgraduate students across all academic disciplines, non-Pacific postgraduate students, and staff with an interest in Pacific topics. We encourage students in intermediate courses, such as DipGrad, to attend as the Reference Group can provide guidance in getting started on postgraduate research.

We also welcome academic staff or Pacific scholars. Since its inception, the group has received invaluable support from staff like Dr Charles Tustin (Head of Abbey College), Dr Nanai Iati Iati (Lecturer, Politics), Dr Mele Taumoepeau (Lecturer/Research Fellow, Psychology), and Professor Pauline Norris (Associate Dean, Postgraduate Professional Programmes).

Members of this group also contribute to the Academic Mentoring Programme by becoming mentors, and assisting new and returning students to get settled into their studies.

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Monthly seminars

All students get a chance to present or discuss their work with the group. This can be helpful to the student in seeking assistance with resources, building confidence as well as honing presentation skills. 

Seminars start in February every year, culminating in an annual symposium towards the end of Semester 2.

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Pacific Voices Postgraduate Symposium

Everyone is welcome to attend this annual event where the postgraduate students present their work to their peers, colleagues, supervisors and an invited audience from the local Pacific community and on campus. 

The idea of the symposium is to promote the talent we have here at Otago as well as sharing our research topics and findings.

Pacific Voices: Abstracts of past symposiums

A publication containing students' abstracts is released every year during the symposium.

Please find copies of past publications below: