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Friday 7 March 2014 3:33pm

Pacific Mural

The voices of Otago's Pacific postgraduate research students were the focus of an annual symposium held on the Dunedin campus last month.

A dozen postgraduate students addressed the Pacific Voices XIII: Pacific Postgraduate Research Symposium, which was opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Vernon Squire.

The symposium allows students to present their research to their peers, colleagues, supervisors, family, friends, and an invited audience from the local Pacific community.

The aim of the symposium is to promote the talent among Pacific students at Otago, as well as sharing research topics and findings. The event has been held for 13 years now.

From climate change to crime fiction…

The breadth of topics being covered by the Master's students and PhD candidates was vast, ranging from community resilience to climate change in Samoa (Anita Latai Niusulu), to science in crime fiction: accuracy and the reader experience (Vanda Simon).

Allen Sumb looked at New Zealand travellers' perception of safety and security issues in Papua New Guinea, while Latuivai Latu spoke about Fetausia'I, a servant-leadership paradigm for the reversed role of the church as a servant.

All the abstracts and student profiles are available in Pacific Voices XIII 2016, which will be available online at the Pacific Islands Centre, where you can also find out more about studying at Otago as a Pacific Islands student.

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