Tālofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Kia orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Halo olaketa, Kam na mauri, Noa'ia, Aloha, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ia orana, Fakatalofa atu, Mālō nī, Kia ora and warm Pacific greetings.
Komiti Pasifika was established as a committee under the NZ Vice Chancellors Committee (NZVCC) and Universities New Zealand Te Pōkai Tara in 2018. The Komiti consists of the most senior Pacific role at each of Aotearoa New Zealand's eight universities. Komiti Pasifika's role is to advance and promote the collective national interests of New Zealand universities for any matters relating to the advancement of Pasifika, and to provide strategic advice to the NZVCC.
The current chair of Komiti Pasifika is Dr Keaka Hemi, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pasifika at the University of Waikato, and the deputy chair is Dr Tasileta Teevale, Director of Pacific Development at the University of Otago.
Komiti Pasifika Members
- Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban DNZM QSO, Victoria University of Wellington
- Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific, Associate Professor Jemaima Tiaitia, University of Auckland
- Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pacific Advancement and AUT South Campus, Walter Fraser, AUT
- Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pacific, Dr Keaka Hemi, University of Waikato
- Dean Pacific, Professor Palatasa Havea, Massey University
- Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pacific, Dr Dione Payne, Lincoln University
- Acting Director of Pacific Development, Joeana Togiaso, University of Canterbury
- Director of Pacific Development, Dr Tasileta Teevale NZOM, University of Otago
Komiti Pasifika Fono 2020
Back row (Left to right): Pauline Luafutu-Simpson (Canterbury) (no longer a part of Komiti Pasifika), Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa (UoA) (no longer a part of Komiti Pasifika), Dr Keaka Hemi (Waikato), Dr Tasileta Teevale (Otago)
Front row (Left to right): Professor Palatasa Havea (Massey), Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban (Victoria), Walter Fraser (AUT)\
Komiti Pasifika Strategic Priorities (2022-2024)
The Komiti Pasifika Strategic Priorities (2022-2024) was endorsed by the NZVCC in April 2022. This document highlights key focus areas for Komiti Pasifika that align with Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara overarching priorities, and contributing to prevalent sector issues.
Komiti Pasifika Submissions
Komiti Pasifika Facts and Figures
See our latest facts and statistics about Pasifika students within our universities - Building Pasifika Success
Shared Pacific Data Principles - Application at Universities New Zealand Te Pōkai Tara
This Shared Pacific Data Principles application process has been designed for Universities New Zealand by Komiti Pasifika to:
- Guide safe, responsible, and culturally appropriate use of data
- Ensure data use is carefully considered
- Ensure data practices occur in good faith and in alignment with Pacific Peoples communities
- Provide a framework for accountability and oversight
The Cycle 6 Academic Audit includes an Enhancement Theme in which universities collectively address an issue which is important to individual universities and of national significance. The topic for the Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme is “Access, outcomes and opportunity for Māori students and for Pasifika students”. An Enhancement Theme Steering Group has been formed to guide and oversee theme activites and progress. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban and Tasileta Teevale are Komiti Pasifika's representatives on this committee.
2022 Komiti Pasifika Updates
- "A university where we can see ourselves" (E-Tangata, 2022) - Associate Professor Jemaima Tiatia's reflection on her academic career
- "First Pasifika woman promoted to pro vice-chancellor level at Auckland University" (Stuff, 2022) - Associate Professor Jemaima Tiatia becomes first female of Pacific descent to undertake pro vice-chancellor role at the University of Auckland
- "Exceptional service recognised in New Year Honours" (University of Otago, 2021) - Dr Tasileta Teevale receives Queen's Honour
Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara:
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Te Pouhāro Māori
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