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Pasifika students

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Halo olaketa,

Namaste, Kam na mauri, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ia orana, Mahalo, Malo ni,

Kia ora and Warm Pasifika Greetings

Improving outcomes for Pasifika students is an ongoing priority for the universities, which they seek to do through their research, teaching and learning initiatives and student support activities.

If you are thinking about attending university, check out our Thinking about university? 2020 publication. 

It has been collated by Universities New Zealand, on behalf of all eight universities. This guide is to support students, parents and their whānau when thinking about studying at one of New Zealand’s eight universities. It is a starting point to help you start thinking about how to successfully move into university life. Once you’ve read this guide, then check university websites for more detailed information. Or contact us at


Pacific @ University

Pasifika @ The University of Auckland

Pasifika @ Auckland University of Technology

Pasifika @ the University of Waikato

Pasifika @ Massey University

Pasifika @ Victoria University of Wellington

Pasifika @ Lincoln University

Pasifika @ the University of Canterbury

Pasifika @ the University of Otago


There are a range of support services, study spaces and mentoring programmes designed specifically for Pasifika students. Other initiatives include:

  • Academic and learning support – study and research skills
  • Pastoral care - advocacy, accommodation, financial
  • Pasifika scholarships

Every university also has a Pacific student group which offers a series of events - social, cultural and academic for its members. Being involved is a great way to make new friends, and get involved in activities on campus.

Key Facts

Check out some of our key facts on Building Pasifika Success in New Zealand universities.

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