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Top left to right - Janet Vaiusu-Tuala, Amanda Taia. Bottom left to right - Meliame Jackson, Richard Barker and Losa Moata’ane.

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.

Contact

Dr Losa Moata’ane
Associate Dean (Pacific)
Tel +64 3 479 5289
Email losa.moataane@otago.ac.nz

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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.

Contact

Sonya Xavier
Coordinator: Pacific Islands Student Support
Tel +64 3 479 9267
Mob +64 3 21 278 9267
Room 109 (upstairs), Union Court
85 Union Place West
Email sonya.xavier@otago.ac.nz
Web https://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/pacific-islands-support/

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Meliame Jackson, Pacific Islands Student Support

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Meliame Jackson joined the Division of Sciences Pacific Support and Strategy Office in January 2020. Meliame is a University of Otago alumni graduating in 2017 with a BSc in Physiology and has worked in different Pacific Offices across the University including Student Support. Meliame collaborates with Pacific Islands’ Departmental Liaisons and other support services at the University to adequately support students. Meliame is able to provide pastoral support, exam preparation and study advice particularly pertaining to first and second students.

Meliame is available in office from Monday – Thursday from 10:00am – 12:00pm for student drop-in sessions or book an appointment via email.

Contact

Meliame Jackson
Pacific Islands Student Support
Tel +64 3 479 9267
Room 109 (upstairs), Union Court
85 Union Place West
Email divscipi@otago.ac.nz
Web https://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/pacific-islands-support/

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Amanda Taia, Coordinator: Pacific Outreach Programme for Sciences (POPS)

Amanda Taia image 2020Amanda joined the Sciences Pacific Support and Strategy team in 2018 to develop and deliver a series of science outreach programmes designed to engage Pacific Island youth, and their communities, with future science options.

Contact

Amanda Taia
Coordinator: Pacific Outreach Programme for Sciences (POPS)
Mob +64 21 279 9268
Room 108a (upstairs), Union Court
85 Union Place West
Email amanda.taia@otago.ac.nz
Web https://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/pacific-islands-support/

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