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Pacific Academic Staff Caucus Inaugural Symposium

27 September 2019 – Saint Margaret’s College

Launched in 2016, the Pacific Academic Staff Caucus (PASC) comprises University of Otago academics of Pacific descent. This September, the PASC will hold its inaugural symposium.

This gathering is significant as it coincides with the 150th anniversary of the University of Otago, which has embraced its place in the Pacific region and provided a home for Pacific students and staff.

This commitment is embedded in the University of Otago’s Pacific Strategic Framework (PSF) 2013–2020.

Pacific Strategic Framework 2013–2020 (PDF)

The life of the current PSF ends in 2020. This impending date and the historical moment the University is marking in 2019 offers the opportunity to reflect and discuss the future of Pacific at Otago from the viewpoint of Pacific academics and academics with an interest in Pacific issues and communities.

We invite you to join us and participate in critical conversations at the symposium and submit abstracts for presentation.

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Abstract submission guideline

Abstract submissions are guided by the goals of the Pacific Strategic Framework:

  1. Demonstrating and Valuing Leadership on Pacific Matters
  2. Encouraging Pacific Research Excellence
  3. Strengthening Community Engagement
  4. Promoting Growth and Development
  5. Encouraging Pacific Curricula
  6. Contributing to the Pacific Region and International Progress

Abstract submission guidelines

  • Abstract title
  • Up to 5 key words
  • Abstract of approximately 150–200 words
  • Presenter’s name, title, and affiliation

Please email your abstract using the above guideline by 26 July 2019 to Allamanda Faatoese:


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Register for free (with dietary requirements) by emailing Allamanda Faatoese:


Closing date 20 September 2019.

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PASC Fono with VC Image
Pacific Academic Staff Caucus (PASC) representatives Fono with the Vice Chancellor (12 September 2019). From left to right: Dr Jesse Kokaua, Dr Rose Richards, PASC Chair – Dr Ramona Tiatia, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, Professor Rex Adhar, Dr Christiane Leurquin and Dr Patrick Vakaoti.