The University of Otago has a unique and enduring history of providing a highly-qualified workforce in the health professions, and in leading research and academic advancement in the areas of health and biomedical science. We offer a range of support services to nurture emerging Pacific researchers.
The Va'a o Tautai – Centre for Pacific Health provides a range of academic programmes and support for Health Sciences Pacific students across all Otago campuses. It leads the way in Pacific health teaching and research. Va'a o Tautai is led by Faumuina Professor Fa'afetai Sopoaga.
The University of Otago Pacific Strategic Framework 2022-2030 guides Pacific engagement across the University.
The Takiala Pacific Health Leadership Network comprises all the Associate Deans Pacific in the Division of Health Sciences. This group provides the strategic leadership for Pacific development and regional engagement for the Division.
Pacific Research Protocol
The Pacific Research Protocol's purpose is to outline suggested protocols for University researchers in relation to research involving Pacific peoples in the Otago-Southland region, the rest of New Zealand, and, more generally, in the islands of Oceania.