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Pacific Islands students' support

Warm Pacific greetings

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Talofa Lava, my name is Sia Lei-Mata'afa and I am the Pacific Islands Students' Support Officer in the Division of Humanities.

I am Samoan, born and raised in Dunedin. I have a Bachelor of Teaching endorsed in Primary Education from the University of Otago, College of Education.

I am excited to be supporting students from the Pacific Islands. I am here to work with you, support you, and assist you on your academic journey to Otago.

As the support person for Pacific Islands students enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees, my key responsibilities are:

  • To liaise with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to you and your course of study
  • To act as a point of contact for all Pacific Islands students enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees
  • To facilitate access to pastoral care, student services, course planning advice within the university

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, feedback or concerns. Please be assured that all information you share will be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Contact details

Tel +64 3 479 9616
Office Room 5C9a, Fifth Floor, Arts Building
95 Albany Street, University of Otago, Dunedin

My office hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm | Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Please send me an email to make an appointment if you would like to meet at a time outside my regular office hours.

Pacific Islands students' contacts in Programmes and Schools

Anthropology & Archaeology

Professor Glenn Summerhayes


Dr Arlene Allan

College of Education

Dunedin Campus

Karina Nafatali

Parker Ormond

English and Linguistics

Dr Rochelle Simmons


Ben Varkalis


Professor Angela McCarthy

Languages and Cultures

Dr Adelso Yanez

Faculty of Law

Professor Rex Ahdar

Media, Film and Communication


Music, Theatre and Performing Arts


Associate Professor Jennifer Cattermole

Theatre Studies

Lisa Warrington


Bachelor of Performing Arts

Associate Professor Suzanne Little

National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies



Associate Professor Andrew


Dr Christine Winter


Dr Marea Colombo

ReligionAssociate Professor John Shaver

Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology


Te Tumu

Dr Michelle Schaaf


Professor Murray Rae

Library contacts

Katherine Milburn
Hocken Library

Amanda Mills
Liaison Librarian, Hocken Library

Megan Vaughan
Subject Librarian, Commerce and Humanities (Law) Library

Student Learning Development

Pauline Brook
Tel +64 3 479 5788

Student Learning Development at the Higher Education Development Centre

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