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Komiti Pasifika

 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


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

Enhancement Theme

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

Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara:

Fiona Johnson-Bell
Raukawa ki Wharepūhunga, Ngāpuhi, Waikato
Te Pouhāro Māori
Senior Manager –Māori & Equity / Te Kāhui Amokura

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