Pacific Islands stories and articles
Pacific Islanders, whether Island-born or New Zealand-born are high achievers. Here we showcase Otago Pacific graduates, current staff and students and Pacific community members, all making their mark in different ways and in different parts of the world.
Please email us any articles or stories about Pacific people you think we should feature on this page.
- "First stadium try and goal to Selwyn" - Francis Leilua - ODT website - 6 August 2011
- "In search of Chutzpah" - Speech by Dr Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni - Samoa Observer website - 13 June 2011
- "Unsung Hero: Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai" - Otago Staff Bulletin - 20 May 2011 (check out Nina on page 8)
- "NUS & Otago combine in launching Health Research Methodology Course" National University of Samoa website - 14 January 2010
- "PhD a fantastic achievement" - Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa - ODT - 16 Dec 2009
- "Otago staff return from relief work in Samoa" - Otago Bulletin - 13 November 2009
- "New Health Sciences Associate Dean (Pacific) appointed" - Dr Tai Sopoaga - 22 Sept 2009
- A special dedication to Aunty Eti Laufiso who passed away on 1 August 2009 written by Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai (PDF, 149KB)
- "Paki Starts New Life" - Manukau Courier article - May 2009 (PDF, 813KB)
- A special dedication to Professor Epeli Hau’ofa who passed away in Suva on 11 January 2009 written by Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai (PDF, 132KB)
- Hon. Luamanuvao Laban Speech - Pacific Voices V Postgraduate Symposium - NZ Govt website - 29 Sept 2008
- Congratulations to Professor Rex Adhar (Law) for holding a successful Professorial Lecture on 21st August 2008
L-R Acting Pro Vice Chancellor Humanities Professor John Drummond, Professor Rex Ahdar, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of the Law School & Rex's son Isaac.
- Louise Mataia-Milo Graduation - ODT article - 13 Dec 2007 (PDF, 1.8MB)
- NUS and Otago strengthen ties - Samoa Observer article - 25 October 2007 (PDF, 87KB)
- Student of the Month Award - Mallison Kotali - ODT article - 17 August 2007 (PDF, 65KB)
- Tribute to Sir Tom Davis written by Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai - 29 July 2007 (PDF, 222KB)
- University of Otago Memorial Service for his Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II - 16 May 2007 (PDF, 28KB)
- Jonathan Lemalu University of Otago Graduation Speech - 5 May 2007 (PDF, 263KB)
- Greg Hughson (Otago University Chaplain) and Akanesi Palu (Masters of Entrepreneurship) meet up in Dunedin after 22 years - 18 April 2007 (PDF, 292KB)
- Blessing of new Pacific Islands Centre - ODT article - 26 Feb 2007 (PDF, 1.8MB)