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 on-campus ‘āiga, Pasifika family that provides students with the necessary tools to navigate their transition into tertiary study at Victoria University of Wellington. We foster learning and teaching communities in an environment that is welcoming, safe, focused on academic excellence, personal growth, and wellbeing, with Pasifika culture at the core.

The Pasifika Student Success team are continuing to engage with Pasifika students on campus and via various online platforms, such as Zoom, email, phone, Facebook and Instagram. While Fa'amatuainu Aaron Nonoa is the primary contact for Faculty Managers and Associate Deans, School Managers and Course Coordinators liaise directly with the relevant PSS team member.

Update for COVID-19, level 2

Pasifika spaces

All Pasifika Spaces are still open however you will 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

There are strict social distancing measures put in place and all students must sign in before entering the premises for contact tracing. Read more information on Pasifika Student Success at alert levels 1 and 2.

Pasifika Outreach Programme

All Secondary school visits are on hold until further notice. For more information, contact ofisa.taeao@vuw.ac.nz

Pasifika Academic Mentoring

All mentoring and assessment prep sessions are still available and will be either on-campus provided students social distance themselves and/or online via Zoom. For more information, please contact:

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: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/PasifikaStudentSuccess@vuw.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

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 Jenny.Taotua@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 The University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington. His role is to manage and lead the operations of the Pasifika Student Success team. University is an incredible time of growth and challenge for the students that the team will support. Aaron’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

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Aaron Nonoa

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

Senior Transition and Engagement Adviser

Jenny is of Samoan and Tongan descent. She hails from the villages of Salelologa, Satupa'itea and Vailoa Palauli in Savai'i, Samoa. Her Tongan roots originate from Nuku'alofa on Tonga Tapu. Jenny was born and raised in the beautiful city of opportunity Porirua. She is passionate about building communities and growing niu generations to become strong and confident leaders for our Pacific communities and the world.

Jenny manages the 200-300 Academic Mentoring and (interim) Pastoral/Holistic programmes for Pasifika students at the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and the New Zealand School of Music. Jenny also provides pastoral support for Pasifika postgraduate students across all faculties.

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Jenny Taotua

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Jenny Taotua

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Senior Pasifika Transition Advisor
Academic Office

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 a wealth of experience in the senior secondary school sector and up to date knowledge of 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. He will also build strong relationships with academic and professional staff across the university.

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Ofisa Taeao

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Ofisa Taeao

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Pasifika Outreach Advisor, Pasifika Student Success Team

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Wellington Faculty of Education and New Zealand School of Music

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 is the Pasifika Engagement Adviser for the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Wellington Faculty of Education and the New Zealand School of Music.

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Fabiefara Filo

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Fabiefara Filo

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Pasifika Mentoring Coordinator · Pasifika Student Success Team
Academic Office · Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika)

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, 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 Victoria University of Wellington. Her work at the University has been underpinned by her own tertiary journey, as she understands the challenges associated with university study. Kalo lives her life through the proverb ‘oua lau e kafo, lau e lava—do not dwell on your trials, strive instead for success. Pasifika students face their own trials, but Kalo’s challenge is to never give up, and to always strive for success.

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

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

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Wellington Faculty of Science and Engineering / 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 100-level mentoring and pastoral/holistic support for all for Pasifika students at the Wellington Faculties of Science, Engineering and Health.

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

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation

Lionel is the Pasifika Engagement Advisor for the Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation (FADI). He is a 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 Victoria University of Wellington.

Lionel manages the 100-level mentoring and pastoral/holistic support for all for Pasifika students at the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation.

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

Pasifika Engagement Adviser, Wellington Faculty of Law

Leilani Taula is the Pasifika Engagement Advisor for the Wellington Faculty of Law.

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Leilani Taula

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Leilani Taula

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Pasifika Engagement Adviser
Academic Office · Pasifika Student Success

Māori and Pacific Island (MPI) tutorials

Our Māori and Pacific Island tutors provide tutorials for selected courses that work through the content of the course while providing an interactive and safe, family-oriented learning environment which is beneficial for Māori and Pacific Island students. Many of the tutors are Māori or Pasifika themselves, and all have previously succeeded in the courses that they tutor. Many of the MPI Tutorials can be attended instead of or alongside mainstream tutorials, to give you a great start. MPI Tutorial signups happen in your specific course in week 1–2 of each trimester, so get in quick!

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