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150th Anniversary Events

Join us to celebrate Otago’s 150th Anniversary


***Tickets to the Student Koneseti being held at the Dunedin Town Hall on 3 June will be available via Ticketmaster soon - check back here 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 150th Launch - Cake Cutting 04022019

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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To register a place for a Pacific 150th event, please click here 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Click here to find out more about the University's 150th events.


Dunedin Campus Walking TourWalking Tour2

Date: Friday 15th March 2019
Monday 3rd June 2019
Start times: (TBC)
Starting Point: Entrance to the University (corner of St Davids Street and Cumberland Street)

A tour of the university campus by current Pacific students at the University. See the University’s new facilities and reminisce about the campus when you were here.

Pacific Masters Golf TournamentGolf Photo

Date: Friday 15th March 2019
Start time: 9am (Tee off)
Venue: Chisholm Links

Catch up with old friends and also meet other alumni of the University while playing a relaxing game of golf. Organise a team of four to register for a friendly competition while remembering your days as a Pacific scarfie.

Evening @ The Local Pub150th U Bar Pub Venue

Date: Friday 15th March 2019
Start time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Union Bar

A chance for students, staff and alumni to enjoy a friendly debate and great entertainment - an evening of laughter and bringing up memories at the local pub.

Dinner  Dance WebPacific Dinner & Dance

Date: Saturday 16th March 2019
Start time: 6:00 pm (TBC)
Venue: Dunedin Town Hall

Fine dine with other alumni and enjoy a variety of Pacific performances.

Community Lotu WebCommunity Lotu

Date: Sunday 17th March 2019
Start time: 1:00 pm
Venue: Union Hall & Main Common Room, University of Otago

A chance to praise together at the Community Lotu with the Dunedin Pacific communities and current students. There will also be a shared lunch where we come together to talanoa and enjoy our Pacific food.

Koneseti WebStudent Koneseti

Date: Monday 3rd June 2019
Start time: TBC
Venue: Dunedin Town Hall

An amazing performance by current Pacific students, showcasing their vision for the next 150 years of Pacific at the University of Otago.

   150th Flyer Cover 2

Contact us

To reserve a place for a Pacific 150th event, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the Pacific 150th, please email

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