Dr Cherie Chu


PhD, MA (Education), BA (Hons)


As a trainer-facilitator and senior lecturer, I have a particular research interest in mentoring and leadership in Pasifika contexts. I established the highly successful Victoria University of Wellington Humanities and Commerce mentoring programme in 2000. Since 2004, I have been involved in delivering leadership training for the University’s Pasifika students, including NZAID scholarship students.

I have extensive networks with Pasifika students, staff (general and academic) in tertiary education and I convene a leadership network and leadership cluster group for Pasifika students. I have presented at national, regional and international forums on leader development for emerging Pasifika leaders. I have led leadership development programmes for university students and communities in the Pasifika region.

My professional experience in the tertiary sector is with academic staff and general staff across New Zealand. I have worked in tertiary education for 14 years with a deep understanding and appreciation of the landscape. My research background is focused on the development of learners and their experiences in universities.

I am also an experienced appreciative inquiry facilitator. My Phd was focused on exploring the leadership and mentoring experiences of Pasifika tertiary students at the University.

I have lead a national research project on examining success for Pasifika students in Aotearoa/New Zealand.