The University established the Pacific Development Office in November 2013 following Council’s endorsement of its Pacific Strategic Framework in December 2012. The Pacific Strategic Framework was formally launched in July 2013, by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Vernon Squire and members of the Pacific Peoples Reference Group and Working Group, who helped develop the Framework.
From left to right: Some of the members of the Pacific Peoples’ Reference Group and Pacific Working Group Members at the launch of University of Otago’s Pacific Strategic Framework July 2013:
Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai, Professor Judy Bennett, Faumuina Associate Professor Tai Sopoaga, Rev. Tokerau Joseph, Judge Hon. A’eau Semi Epati, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Vernon Squire.
The Pacific Strategic Framework outlines the commitment the University makes to meeting the needs of Pacific Peoples. It identifies six goals that are supported by strategies and activities, all of which, endeavours to promote improved access, retention and completion among New Zealand students of indigenous Pacific descent.
The Pacific Development Office is the University of Otago’s strategic office, responsible for implementing and monitoring the progress of the Pacific Strategic Framework.