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At any given time, the AUT Pacific community is involved in a number of events. Here you will find a space to celebrate their achievements and milestones.



Pacific mental health expert scoops national leadership award

14 Aug, 2017

Dr Monique Faleafa was last week named winner of the 2017 eHealth Innovation Leadership Award by AUT’s Centre for eHealth.


AUT alumna bound for The Happiest Place on Earth

03 Aug, 2017

AUT communications graduate, Molly Dagger, is heading to the U.S to take part in the annual Disney World Cultural Exchange Programme.

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Cook Islands language week 2017

02 Aug, 2017

This year’s theme is Ei rāvenga nāku i te tuatua i tōku reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani ka anoano au i te turuturu ā tōku ngutu`are tangata `ē te matakeinanga – an encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani.

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Pacific youth leader in ocean conservation

7 July, 2017

AUT Marine Biology student, Antony Vavia, was selected by the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute to attend the first United Nations Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017.

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Big result for Pacific health research at AUT

20 June, 2017

AUT’s Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study has been awarded three research grants, each worth $1.2 million over three years, by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

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Happy Samoan Language Week 2017!

30 May, 2017

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Week) – 28 May to 3 June – is time to celebrate and reflect on the rich culture here in New Zealand.

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Preventing Tongan youth suicide

23 May, 2017

AUT research students launch New Zealand’s first evidence-based resource for Pacific suicide prevention.

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2017 Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship recipients announced

04 Apr, 2017

The names of thirteen new Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship recipients were announced at a celebration event at AUT’s City Campus last week.



Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards recognise AUT business graduate

07 Dec, 2016

AUT business graduate, Manako Nemaia, was named the winner of the BNZ Commercial Corporate Category at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, held at Parliament in Wellington this week.


AUT receives funding for Pacific health study on ageing

05 Dec, 2016

The Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study at AUT South Campus has been awarded almost $1 million for innovative research as part of the ‘Ageing Well’ National Science Challenge.


An education in diversity

03 Aug, 2016

Sini Tagiloa was toiling on the factory floor, working hard and wondering why he was going nowhere. He wished he knew what his manager was looking for and contemplated what he might do differently if their roles were reversed. He decided to study HR - read his story.


AUT students explore Life Below Water for Cook Islands Language Week

02 Aug, 2016

This year, AUT is honouring our Pacific Language Weeks through a series of short videos which provides a platform for Pacific students to share their thoughts on one of the United Nations' sustainable development goals.


Southern Voices provide the soundtrack for AUT graduation

28 Jul, 2016

More than 100 students from AUT South Campus will perform as Southern Voices at the university’s winter graduation ceremonies at Aotea Centre on July 28-29.

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Budding rugby star receives 2016 AUT-Ponsonby Rugby Club scholarship

02 Jun, 2016

Auckland University of Technology has partnered with Ponsonby Rugby Club through a new annual fee-paying scholarship to support the educational development of some of New Zealand’s talented young rugby players.

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AUT Samoan Language Debate 2016: Will technology be the death of Samoan language?

07 Jun, 2016

AUT's Annual Samoan Language debate - that ‘technology will be the death of Samoan language’ (o le a liu efuefu le ala le gagana ona o le faatekonolosi) was enjoyed by a large and vocal group at the South Campus this week.


AUT supports Pacific Language Weeks

31 May, 2016

The Ministry for Pacific People’s Pacific Language Weeks are celebrated at AUT each year as an opportunity to acknowledge the diverse Pacific cultures at the University.

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Mentor initiative drive Pacific midwives numbers up

17 May 2016

Pacific midwife numbers are on the rise in South Auckland, thanks to a mentoring initiative led by Pasifika Midwives Aotearoa, supported by the AUT midwifery school.

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Pacific highschoolers encouraged to be tomorrow’s leaders

28 April 2016

More than a hundred Pacific Year 13 high school students from 30 high schools across Auckland recently attended a special programme with a vision to inspire them to achieve their very best, and assist them to explore and make informative decisions for their educational and career pathways.

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PMC director calls for ‘voice for the voiceless’ at Pacific human rights forum

26 April 2016

Giving voice to the voiceless and championing the rights of all people by telling the truth was the message given to the Human Rights and the Media forum in Fiji organised by the region’s Pacific community.

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AUT Pacific Islands Families study: Findings to be translated into international context

18 April 2016

Researchers at Auckland University of Technology’s South Campus in Manukau will join forces with four other leading research groups in the field of child development studies, thanks to Government funding of $429,017 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Catalyst Fund.

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Eye on health and well-being of Pacific youth: research symposium at AUT South Campus

11 April 2016

The latest round of findings from the 14 year measurement wave of the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study will be examined at a research symposium being held at the AUT South Campus in Manukau this week.


Three universities unite to advance Pacific research

22 March 2016

Research into the challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific Islands and their communities will flourish thanks to the uniting of the resources and expertise of three New Zealand universities.

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Veiqia Project at AUT reawakens women’s role in Fijian society

22 March 2016

The Veiqia Project Exhibition is now open at AUT’s St Paul St Gallery Three as a result of the journey of seven women reconnecting with a ‘sleeping’ practice.

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AUT makes waves at PolyFest 2016

21 March 2016

AUT joined in the celebrations of Auckland’s diverse island cultures at ASB PolyFest 2016.

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AUT culinary team lending skills to Fiji fundraiser

17 March 2016

AUT culinary graduates will be working side-by-side with some of New Zealand’s top chefs this weekend to help raise money for Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

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MBA a momentous first qualification, after leaving school at 16

12 January 2016

A childhood bout of rheumatic fever changed the course of Andrew Fiu’s life in almost every way.

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Budding “hero marine biologist” takes home top science prize

11 January 2016

Antony Vavia has taken home the science prize at the prestigious 2015 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards.


Congratulations to our 2015 summer graduates

6 January 2016

One of the 53 doctoral students graduating is Jonah Tisam – the first Papua New Guinean to graduate from AUT with a PhD.

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PMC director gives media awards keynote, research seminar at Pacific university

5 January 2016

Professor David Robie has visited Fiji as the guest of the University of the South Pacific to present a keynote address at the annual journalism awards night.



Australia crowned new king of basketball in FIBA Asia Cup
Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Tight game … “sweeping” Australia versus “gritty” Iran in FIBA Asia Cup final. Video: FIBA Asia Cup By Jeremaiah M. Opiniano  A second-tier Australian team ruled a basket...

RNZI hits back at Tongan media bias claims
Mon, 21 Aug 2017
By Philip Cass in Auckland Radio New Zealand International’s presenter of Dateline Pacific, Don Wiseman, has suggested Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s son read the New Zealand broad...

Duterte inspired by ‘Petrus’ shootings, says Indonesia’s Wiranto
Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Summary execution-style killings between 1982 and 1985, known locally as penembakan misterius (mysterious shootings), or Petrus, were infamous as a means of bringing down crime rates in the country du...

NZ’s Labour Party needs to ‘reach back into Pacific community’, says panel
Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Tagata Pasifika’s first election talanoa … Labour must engage Pacific voters. Video: Tagata Pasifika Tagata Pasifika has kicked off its election talanoa series with a panel discussion weig...

Korea, Iran in with a shot to challenge Australia, NZ for basketball crown
Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Korean basketballers too hot, slick and tough … Philippines beaten. Video: FIBA Asia Cup By Jeremaiah M. Opiniano in Adelaide  Two former Asian champions earned the right to square-off for a fin...

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TONGA: RNZI hits back at media bias claims
Sun, 20 Aug 2017

By Philip Cass
AUCKLAND (Kaniva Tonga/Pacific Media Watch): Radio New Zealand International's presenter of Dateline Pacific, Don Wiseman, has suggested Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva's son read the New Zealand broadcaster's website more carefully before accusing it of media bias. 

This comes after an attack on the region's media by Siosiua Po'oi Pohiva, who acts as his father's personal assistant.

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NZ: Labour Party needs to ‘reach back into the Pacific community’, says panel
Fri, 18 Aug 2017

AUCKLAND (Tagata Pasifika/Pacific Media Watch): Tagata Pasifika has kicked off its election talanoa series with a panel discussion weighing-in on Jacinda Ardern’s recent appointment to leader of the Labour Party.

The panel welcomed Ardern’s abrupt rise from deputy leader to leader following Andrew Little’s resignation on August 1, continuing the media’s positive coverage.

Manukau Ward councillor Fa’anana Efeso Collins said Ardern was the “silver bullet” New Zealand had been looking for.

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WEST PAPUA: Plans to end violence, improve human rights 'unravelling'
Wed, 16 Aug 2017

ANALYSIS:By Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge
JAKARTA (University of Melbourne/Pacific Media Watch): Reports about the shooting of an indigenous Papuan by police officers early this month in Deiyai district, Papua, have renewed focus on how human rights abuses by security officials in the region remain unaddressed by the government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

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VANUATU: Foreign nations extralegal police operations not permitted, says government
Tue, 15 Aug 2017

By Bob Makin
PORT VILA (Vanuatu Digest/Pacific Media Watch): Alleged members of a Chinese online fraud syndicate were detained and flown out of Fiji on a plane full of Chinese police.

Fiji has no extradition treaty with China, meaning Fiji allowed the police force of another nation to operate on its soil last week outside of the checks and balances provided for by Fijian law. 

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PNG: Southern Cross discusses post-election developments, concerns
Mon, 14 Aug 2017

AUCKLAND (Radio 95bFM/Southern Cross/Pacific Media Watch): Developments surrounding Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's arrest warrant are the focus of the Pacific Media Centre's weekly Southern Cross radio programme.

Stephanie and Kenneth Tapungu share their views on the National Court's decision to dismiss the stay order on O'Neill's 2014 arrest warrant and the prime minister's own controversial moves to prevent his arrest.

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Last updated: 21-Aug-2017 2.26pm

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