Otago's Pacific Islands Centre is a little bit of the Pacific right in the middle of campus. It's a welcoming environment – with study rooms, computers and kitchen facilities – designed to help all students of Pacific descent make the most of their time at university.
The Centre provides academic mentoring through free supplementary tutorials, organised workshops, study groups and mentoring sessions. Students use the Centre for advice on anything from academic assistance, scholarships, accommodation issues, legal matters, immigration questions, airfares and places to worship – or just to have a chat. Many have just left their parents and need someone to help them with things they have never had to deal with before.