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Sciences Pacific

Dr Losa Moata’ane

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Dr Losa Moata'ane was appointed to the role of Associate Dean (Pacific) in the University of Otago's Division of Sciences in February 2020. Losa has a Public Health background with extensive work experience in research, policy both in health and in the education sectors, equipping her with the expertise to support Post-graduate students. Losa also provides strategic leadership and advice to the Pro-Vice Chancellor and the Division of Sciences for all matters relating to Pacific students and research with Pacific communities, as well as leading engagement in the Pacific region.


Dr Losa Moata’ane
Associate Dean (Pacific)
Tel +64 3 244 8490

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Sonya Xavier, Coordinator: Pacific Islands Student Support

Sonya Xavier image 2020Sonya joined the Division of Sciences Pacific Support and Strategy Office in 2020. Her responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Pacific Support and Strategy Office in the Division of Sciences.
  • Developing and leading programmes and projects that contribute to the overall success of Pacific Students enrolled in the Division.
  • Liaising with academic departments and support services with respect to any issues relating to students and their course of study.
  • Providing pastoral course advice, exam preparation tutorials and study help.

Sonya is here to ensure that you are well supported throughout the duration of your journey. If you have any queries, please email to book an appointment with Sonya and the team.


Sonya Xavier
Coordinator: Pacific Islands Student Support
Tel +64 3 244 8489
Mob +64 21 278 9267
3rd Floor, Science Library
Science III Building
730 Cumberland Street
Web Division of Sciences Pacific student support

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