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.
Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai BA, LLB
Christine Anesone BA
Eric Nabalagi BCom
Each of the four academic divisions have dedicated Pacific Student Support Staff:
Division of Sciences
Dr Marie Inder, Project Manager: Pacific Islands Student Support (part-time) BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Otago)
Marie joined the Division of Sciences support team in February 2015 and her background is in Microbiology Research and Teaching.
Marie is the support person for all Pacific students enrolled in Science papers and degrees, and is available to help you with course advice and work with you in planning study and exam timetables.
Marie is dedicated to engaging with Pacific students enrolled in the Sciences division and can liaise with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to you and your course of study.
Please feel free to contact Marie if you have a question, a comment or a concern. Confidentiality and action with any problems or queries are guaranteed.
My office hours
Pacific Island Student Support - Mon, Tues, Thur: 8-3.30; Wed: 8-2; Fri: 12.30-2.30
Sciences PIRSSU Teaching Fellow - Wed: 2-5; Fri: 8-12.30
Ms Yvonne Takau, Pacific Islands Student Support (part-time)
Yvonne joined the Division of Sciences support team mid-2017 while completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics at the University of Otago.
Yvonne is available to provide pastoral course advice, exam prep and study help; and can liaise with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to students, with a particular emphasis on first year students, and their course of study.
Tel 64 3 479 9267
Hours Mon - Fri 9am - 12:30pm
Albany Lucas, Programme Coordinator BA, LLB, MBHL (Otago)
Albany joined the Pacific Islands Research and Student Support Unit in February 2015.
Albany coordinates the academic programmes and monitors the achievement of Pacific students within the Division of Health Sciences.
Albany also coordinates the mentoring programmes for students in health professional programmes and Otago School of Medical Sciences students.
Talai Mapusua, Programme Coordinator, BA, MIndS (Otago)
Inano Walter, BA, MA (Otago)
As the support person for Pacific Islanders enrolled in Humanities papers and degrees Inano'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.
Esmay Eteuati, Associate Dean Pacific and Pacific Islands Student Academic Advisor B.Ed, MIndS (Otago)
Esmay is passionate about the retention and academic success of local and international Pacific students.
Esmay’s role is to liaise with academic departments and Student Services with respect to any issues relating to Pacific students’ and their course of study.
Esmay supports both staff and students in the Otago Business School and has a network of contacts with other divisions around the University.
Other Pacific Islands Student contacts: