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Support for Pacific Islands Students

Pacific Islands Students' Support

Warm Pacific Greetings

Shivankar Nair photo 2020

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, my name is Shivankar Nair and I am the Pacific Islands Students’ Support Officer in the Humanities Division.

I am Fijian, born and raised in Fiji. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Otago.

I am excited to be supporting students from the Pacific Islands as I have recently traversed the same path. 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

Wednesday 9am to 4pm | Thursday 9am to 4pm

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

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Departmental Pacific Islands Students contacts

Anthropology & Archaeology

Professor Glenn Summerhayes


Dr Arlene Allan

College of Education


Trish Wells

Southland Campus

Raiha Johnson

English and Linguistics

Dr Rochelle Simmons


Ben Varkalis

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History and Art History

Professor Judy Bennett

Languages and Cultures

Dr Christiane Leurquin

Faculty of Law

Professor Rex Ahdar

Media, Film and Communication

Dr Kevin Fisher

Music, Theatre and Performing Arts


Dr Jennifer Cattermole

Theatre Studies

Lisa Warrington

Bachelor of Performing Arts

Dr Suzanne Little

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National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Dr SungYong Lee


Associate Professor Andrew Moore


Dr Iati Iati  (First Semester)

Associate Professor Brian Roper (Second Semester)


Dr Mele Taumoepeau

Sociology, Gender and Social Work

Dr Patrick Vakaoti

Te Tumu

Dr Michelle Schaaf

Theology and Religion

Professor Murray Rae

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Library Contacts

Jacinta Beckwith
Kaitiaki Mātauranga, Hocken Library

Katherine Milburn
Hocken Library

Amanda Mills
Liaison Librarian, Hocken Library

Student Learning Development

Pauline Brook
+64 3 479 5788