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The Pacific Islands Centre

The Pacific Islands Centre provides a welcoming environment designed to help all students of Pacific descent to make the most of their time at University. Students use the Centre for advice on anything from academic assistance, scholarships and accommodation to legal and immigration matters and places to worship. The Centre also organise a variety of academic, cultural and social events throughout the year. Below you will find the contact details for the friendly staff at the Centre, the staff are there to assist you with your academic journey and to ensure it is as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Tagiilima Feleti thumbTagiilima Feleti

Tel +64 3 479 8278
Mob +64 21 279 1296
Website Pacific Islands Centre

Kristy Walker thumbnailKirsty Walker

Tutorials and Academic Pastoral Support Co-ordinator
Tel +64 3 479 4160

Each of the four academic divisions have dedicated Pacific Student Support Staff:

Division of Science

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The Division of Sciences has a team of Academic and Professional staff to support Pacific students in the Sciences. This includes the capacity to support students from undergraduate, to postgraduate and PhD programmes.

Meet the Pacific Students and Community Support Team

Pacific Student and Community Support Team
3rd Floor, Science Library
Science III Building
730 Cumberland Street
Tel +64 3 244 8489
Website Pacific Student and Community Support - Sciences

Division of Health Science

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This team supports academic excellence in the Division of Health Sciences and aims to increase the Pacific health workforce through a number of tailored programmes.

Meet our Va'a o Tautai Student Support Team

Va'a o Tautai
71 Fredrick Street
University of Otago
Tel +64 3 471 6360
Website Pacific at Health Sciences

Division of Humanities

Sia Lei image 2021 thumbSia Lei-Mata'afa, BTchg (Primary) (Otago)

As the support person for Pacific Islanders enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees Sia's key objectives 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 Island students enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees.
  • To facilitate access to pastoral care, student services, course planning advice within the university.

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

Otago Business School

Pacific island students at a table for a study session thumbnailFaleviena Faiva, Jekope Ramala Maiono and Antiono Seiuli, Pacific Student Support Facilitators

Faleviena, Jekope and Antiono all work part time in the Dean's Office, Otago Business School, Division of Commerce.

They can help you with your studies here at Otago. Or you might want some information on scholarships or grants. Maybe you would just like to come in for a chat. Get in touch with our Pacific Student Support Facilitators today - they are here to help.

Website Pacific Student Support Facilitators

Other Pacific Islands Student contacts

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