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150th Anniversary Events

Join us to celebrate Otago’s 150th Anniversary

Please be informed that the Student Konseti scheduled for 3rd June 2019 is postponed to later in 2019. Please check back for ticket details.

       “On behalf of the University of Otago and its Pacific community, we would like to
         invite you to join us in 2019 in celebrating the University’s 150th Anniversary”
        150th Anniversary Pacific Komiti

Pacific 150 launch image

Above Image: At the launch of Pacific at Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations last week were (from left) Dr Latika Samalia (Professional Practice Fellow, Department of Anatomy), Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai (Manager, Pacific Islands Centre) Faumuina Associate Professor Fa'afetai Sopoaga (Associate Dean (Pacific), Division of Health Sciences), Afamasaga Pavihi (Chairman, Samoan Advisory Council FonoFaufautua Otago), Mama Keni Moeroa (Cook Islands community leader), Dr Tasileta Te'evale (Director, Pacific Development Office) and Professor Richard Blaikie (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise).

Cake, song and prayer set the tone for the launch of Pacific at Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations last week (4/02/2019). Read the full story...

“Celebrating 150 years is not just about looking back: we are a progressive
University with clear strategic goals and a bold vision. In reflecting on the many
outstanding achievements of the past 150 years we must use this knowledge
and experience to inform our future.” – Professor Harlene Hayne

The Vice-Chancellor articulates that the University of Otago's sesquicentennial celebration
in 2019, will be of the old 150 years (past), and the new (future). In the Pacific world, the
coconut is identifiable as a proud symbol for the Pacific region, and the word coconut can be
translated in the majority of Pacific languages as Niu.

The play of the word Niu to phonetically match the English word new, states that the vision
of the Pacific celebrations for University of Otago's 150th anniversary, is to celebrate the
University's Pacific connections in its past, present, and future.

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Koneseti WebStudent Koneseti

Date: To be confirmed

Creative Director: Mr Metitilani 'Lani' Alo

This is a MUST see! An amazing performance by current Pacific students, showcasing their vision for the next 150 years of Pacific at the University of Otago.

***Tickets to the Student Koneseti being held at the Dunedin Town Hall will be available later via Ticketmaster soon - check back here for ticket details***

   150th Flyer Cover 2

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150th Anniversary Pacific Komiti Members

  • Dr Tasileta Teevale (Komiti Chair), Director of Pacific Development
  • Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai, Manager: Pacific Islands Centre
  • Ms Esmay Eteuati, Associate Dean Pacific (Commerce)
  • Ms Fran Cockerell, Manager: Pacific Island Research and Student Support Unit (Health Sciences)
  • Dr Marie Inder, Project Manager: Pacific Islands Students Support (Sciences)
  • Ms Inano Walter, Pacific Student Support Person (Humanities)
  • Mr Charles Radclyffe, Student rep (PhD – Archaeology)
  • Ms Eden Iati, Student rep (Master of Indigenous Studies)
  • Ms Mary Jane Kivalu, Pacific 150th Komiti Coordinator

With Conch Pacific 150th Komiti 2
Above Image: Introducing some of the members of the 150th Anniversary Pacific Komiti

Back row (left to right): Dr Marie Inder, Dr Tasileta Teevale, Fran Cockerell, Esmay Eteuati
Front row (left to right): Eden Iati, Inano Walter, Mary Jane Kivalu
Absent: Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai, Charles Radclyffe