Pasifika Student Success

We offer supportive environments and services for every stage of your journey, whether you’re a new student or in your final year.

The Pasifika Student Success team is the University ‘āiga (family), which provides students with the necessary tools to navigate their transition into tertiary study.  The team fosters learning and teaching communities in an environment that has Pasifika cultures at its core, is welcoming and safe, and is focused on academic excellence, personal growth, and wellbeing. The team are continuing to engage with Pasifika students on campus and via various online platforms, such as Zoom, email, phone, Facebook and Instagram.

Pasifika spaces

All Pasifika Spaces are open however you may need swipe access to enter into:

  • Whanau Rooms: CO145a, Cotton Building and TTR107, Te Toki a Rata, Kelburn Campus
  • Whanau/’Āiga Room: VS128, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro Campus

Swipe access is not required for the following, however, please note that sign-in/contact tracing is being carried out:

  • Pasifika Haos: 15 Mount Street, Kelburn Campus
  • Tabua Room: RHMZ18, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus

Pasifika Outreach Programme

All Secondary school visits for 2021 are being scheduled. For more information, contact ofisa.taeao@vuw.ac.nz

Pasifika Academic Mentoring

All mentoring sessions are currently under review.  As such, there will be no mentoring offered in Trimester 1 2021.  We will be offering assessment preparation sessions, which will be communicated within each faculty.

Pasifika Pastoral/Holistic Support

Appointments to see a Pasifika Engagement Adviser are still available in person or online please contact your Faculty Pasifika Engagement Adviser or make a booking via this link.

All events scheduled for the rest of the Trimester will either be on campus or should we move to Alert Level 3 then will be online. All students will be kept informed on a weekly basis.

Pasifika Postgraduate Support

All postgraduate workshops will continue as normal and information will be sent out for the next Pasifika Postgraduate Research Soundbites.

Postgraduate support is available, please contact Pasifika-Student-Success@vuw.ac.nz

Meet the team

Manager, Pasifika Student Success

Fa'amatuainu Aaron Nonoa is of Samoan and Niuean descent and a graduate of both Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato. His role is to manage and lead the operations of the Pasifika Student Success team.   Fa'amatuainu is the primary contact for Faculty Managers and Associate Deans, School Managers and Course Coordinators liaise directly with the relevant PSS team member. Fa'amatuainu’s main challenge to students is to put in hard work over the next 3 to 5 years as this will have a major influence on the rest of their lives.

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Aaron Nonoa

Manager Pasifika, Pacifica Student Support · Managing the Pasifika Student Success team
· Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor Pasifika

Pasifika Outreach Adviser

Ofisa Taeao is a proud Samoan, born and raised in Lower Hutt, Wellington. His parents are from the villages of Falevao, Saleaula, Falealupo, Falelatai and Saipipi. Ofisa has a Bachelor of Music and a GDip Teaching (Secondary) as well as up to date knowledge of the senior secondary school sector, NCEA and university preparedness. Ofisa leads our Pasifika Outreach programme to build relationships predominantly with schools in the greater Wellington region that have high Pasifika student populations and have engaged positively with the Outreach programme in the past.

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Johnson Taeao

Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Wellington Faculty of Education

Fabie is the daughter of Auva’a and Fara Masoe from the villages of Asau, Safune, Salelologa, Sa’anapu and Alafua, Samoa and completed her Bachelor of Arts (Samoan Studies, Pacific Studies and Cultural Anthropology) at Victoria University of Wellington. She is a strong advocate for Pasifika success and is committed to increasing and improving Pasifika engagement, retention and completion.

Fabie manages the pastoral and holistic support for all Pasifika students at the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Wellington Faculty of Education.

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Fabiefara Filo

Pasifika Engagement Adviser · Pasifika Student Success Team
Academic Office · Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika)

Wellington School of Business and Government

Kalo is of Tongan, Māori, and Pālangi descent, with her Tongan roots coming from Tofoa, Tongatapu, and Ha’ato’u, Ha’apai, her Māori roots coming from Ngāti Kahungunu te Wairoa, and her Pālangi roots coming from Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Kalo grew up in Tonga and moved to Aotearoa in 2012 to study at this University.  She has a passion for climate advocacy, and for Pasifika students to recognise the importance of their voice in Aotearoa. Her work at the University has been underpinned by her own tertiary journey, as she understands the challenges associated with university study.

Kalo manages the pastoral and holistic support for all Pasifika students at the Wellington School of Business and Government

Pasifika Engagement Advisor · Pasifika Student Success Team
· Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika)

Wellington Faculty of Science, Wellington Faculty of Engineering and the Wellington Faculty of Health

Teneya is Samoan from the villages of Fasiso’otai and Leulumoega. She has a BSc (Marine Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity) and a Master of Science in Society. In her role as the student engagement adviser, she wants to increase the Pasifika students doing Science and desires to inspire our Pasifika community to strive for success.

Teneya manages the pastoral and holistic support for all Pasifika students at the Wellington Faculties of Science, Engineering and Health.

Pasifika Engagement Advisors · Pasifika Student Success Team
· Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika)

Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation

Lionel is Samoan, with his family coming from Faleu, Manono and Salelologa, Savaii. He has a Masters in Design Innovation (MADE) majoring in Industrial Design. In his role as the student engagement adviser, he wants to increase the Pasifika students success at FADI, creating future Pasifika Designers, Architects and Creatives all in their respected disciplines offered by the University.

Lionel manages pastoral and holistic support for all Pasifika students at the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation.

Pasifika Engagement Advisor · Pasifika Student Success Team
· Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika)

Faculty of Law

Leilani is the daughter of Nikki and Logomu Taula and the older sister of Elijah, Izaak and Lucas Taula. She is from the village of Taga in Savai’i, Samoa and Tauranga. She completed her BA/LLB(Hons) with a major in philosophy and a minor in religious studies at Victoria University of Wellington in 2020 while working in the PSS team to support Pasifika students in the Law Faculty. She is passionate about improving the educational outcomes of Pasifika people in the law.

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Leilani Taula

Pasifika Engagement Adviser
Academic Office · Pasifika Student Success

Māori and Pacific Island (MPI) tutorials

Māori and Pacific Island tutorials are available for selected courses. Pasifika students will be contacted directly in regards to the courses that have MPI tutorials within the first two weeks of the Trimester.

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