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Pacific at University of Otago, Wellington

Warm Pacific greetings

uow-pacific-hibiscusAloha
Bula vinaka
Fakaalofa lahi atu
Halo ola keta
Kia ora
Kia orana
Malo e lelei
Malo ni
Mauri
Namaste
Talofa lava

Welcome to the University of Otago, Wellington; a nationally-significant health sciences campus for world-class teaching and research.

Our Pacific activities are guided by the University’s Pacific Strategic Framework, which has six goals:

  • Demonstrating and valuing leadership on Pacific matters
  • Enhancing capability
  • Encouraging Pacific research excellence
  • Strengthening community engagement
  • Developing Pacific curriculum
  • Contributing to the Pacific region and international progress


Pacific students enrolled at University of Otago, Wellington study undergraduate programmes such as Medicine and Radiation Therapy, or undertake postgraduate research courses such as masters' degrees and PhDs. We are here to help support our Pacific students enjoy their journey through University and succeed in their studies.

Undertaking high quality research that contributes to improving health outcomes for Pacific communities is a top priority for University of Otago, Wellington. We support the research initiatives of our nine academic departments and encourage sound Pacific health research activities across campus.

Strengthening community engagement and disseminating Pacific health knowledge is crucial given our location and health science focus. We work closely with district health boards, non-governmental organisations and other health care providers to link in with community groups and help support their health and wellbeing.

Achieving Pasifika success through education and research is only possible through strong partnerships, collaboration and respect. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can succeed.

Vinaka vaka levu,

Nandika Currey
Associate Dean (Pacific)
University of Otago, Wellington