The role of the Office of Pasifika Advancement at AUT University is to provide strategic advice to AUT's Vice-Chancellor on matters concerning Pasifika students, staff and communities in New Zealand and around the South Pacific.
AUT is committed to the advancement of Pacific peoples and their communities. AUT’s network and influence with local, national and international Pacific communities continues to grow.
AUT Strategic Plan
The focus of the Office of Pasifika Advancement is to encourage proactive engagement with internal and external stakeholders to support and implement Pasifika initiatives and strategies as they relate to the objectives articulated in AUT’s Strategic Plan 2012-2016.
The Plan has strategic objectives in place to strengthen the contribution to the advancement of Pacific peoples and their communities through education, engagement and research.
Download AUT’s Strategic Plan 2012-2016
AUT Pasifika Action Plan
The AUT Pasifika Action Plan was reviewed in 2012, and a new draft plan will be firmly grounded in the new AUT Strategic Plan. It articulates steps for achieving AUT’s Pasifika advancement aims and for extending AUT’s profile as a premier provider of education and research, and a catalyst for community development for Pacific peoples.
Download AUT’s Pasifika Action Plan 2008-2011
In 2003, the Office of Pasifika Advancement was established, led by inaugural director La’auli Michael Jones. This marked AUT’s commitment and engagement with Pacific peoples and their communities, both internal and external. La’auli Michael Jones left AUT to pursue his community obligations, and AUT acknowledged his invaluable input by appointing him as AUT Ambassador.
In 2007, Pauline A Winter took up the directorship and the focus for the Office of Pasifika Advancement shifted to meet AUT’s strategic objectives for Pasifika advancement. In late 2012, Pauline was appointed chief executive of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.