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Transitions Project updates

The Transitions Project offers events and activities to support students and their teachers in students' transitions to tertiary study in New Zealand.

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Secondary to Tertiary Transitions Project workshops

Workshops completed


  • February to October (Dunedin-based tertiary students): Weekly ‘Afternoon tea club’ catch ups (ongoing)
  • July (Dunedin-based secondary and tertiary students): Pathways into health professional programmes – learning from senior students and graduates
  • February: Tertiary Education Orientation Workshop (Combined Dunedin and Invercargill students who are enrolling in Dunedin-based Polytechnic and University Programs)


  • July (Combined Dunedin and Invercargill event, held in Dunedin): Fieldtrip to Dunedin; Colombia National Day dinner and salsa night; University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic tours; Combined dinner and workshop with tertiary students focused on education pathways, stress and coping.
  • April: Mapping education pathways; exploring tertiary education options, application processes and funding opportunities; Southern Institute of Technology tour and lunch (Invercargill); Iftar dinner (Dunedin)
  • March (Dunedin and Invercargill): ‘Welcome meet-ups’ and information sessions


  • December 2020 (Dunedin and Invercargill): End of year celebration; revisiting maps; 2020 film preview; planning 2021
  • October 2020 (Dunedin and Invercargill): Career speed-dating; starting film project
  • July 2020 (Dunedin and Invercargill): Mapping a successful life; meeting schools’ liaison officers from local tertiary education institutions
  • April 2020 (via zoom): introductions; mapping educational pathways; project planning



Our talented documentary filmmaker Sayedali (Ali) Mostolizadeh won New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Minor Grant funding for 2021-22 for the project “Refugee-background students navigating education pathways in Aotearoa New Zealand: A participatory film”.

Congratulations to Naya Ghazzoul, who was accepted and won a scholarship to participate in the 2021–22 Women in Engineering Canterbury (WiE CAN) residential programme at the University of Canterbury and Fatima Omidwar who won a scholarship to attend the February 2022 Outward Bound Southern Cross course, sponsored by the Human Rights Commission.


Anderson, V., Mostolizadeh, S., Oranje, J., Fraser-Smith, A., & Crampton, E. (2021). Navigating the secondary-tertiary education border: Refugee-background students in Southern Aotearoa New Zealand. Research Papers in Education, 1-26.

Anderson, V., Cone, T., Rafferty, R. & Inoue, N. (2021). Mobile agency and relational webs in women’s narratives of international study. Higher Education. doi:10.1007/s10734-021-00714-7

Anderson, V. R., Cone, T., Inoue, N., & Rafferty, R. (2020). Narratives of navigation: Refugee-background women's higher education journeys in Bangladesh and New Zealand. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 17(1), 15-39. doi:10.11157/sites-id458

Rafferty, R., Burgin, A., & Anderson, V. (2020). Do we really offer refuge? Using Galtung's concept of structural violence to interrogate refugee resettlement support in Aotearoa New Zealand. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 17(1), 115-139. doi:10.11157/sites-id455

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