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Building Pasifika success

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.

We’ve seen steady increases in Pasifika participation and achievement in our universities, increasingly at higher levels of qualifications, underpinned by evidence-based initiatives that aim to build capability, expand the knowledge base of our society and achieve positive outcomes.

Improving outcomes for Pasifika is an ongoing priority for the universities. The universities, through their research, teaching and learning initiatives and student support activities are helping to meet government priorities for Pasifika achievement as expressed through Priority 3 of the Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019 and Challenge 2 of the Blueprint for Education System Stewardship (2016).

Some key facts

  • 11,970 Pasifika students (8% of domestic students): 7,865 females (66%) and 4,105 males (34%). This is an increase of 38% from 2008. 1
  • 17% of Pasifika students studying at postgraduate level across the university sector (up from 13% in 2008). 1
  • 9,240 Pasifika EFTS (Equivalent Full-Time Students) in New Zealand universities - an increase of 43% since 2008. 1
  • 8% of all domestic university EFTS. 1
  • Average Pasifika EFTS load (EFTS/Student Enrolments) increased from 0.75 in 2008 to 0.77 in 2016. 1
  • Pasifika bachelor degree EFTS have increased by 47% in the universities since 2008. 1

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[1] Education Counts 2016 tertiary statistics – Participation. Updated September 2017.