About the Office of Pacific Advancement

About us OPAAUT University’s network and influence with local, national and international Pacific communities continues to grow.

Role of the Office of Pacific Advancement

The Office of Pacific Advancement at AUT University is committed to the advancement of the Pacific communities in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands through education, research, professional training, academic opportunities, and partnerships.

Key on the Office of Pacific Advancement’s agenda is to enhance AUT’s reputation as a major provider of tertiary education and Pacific-relevant research that will support our Pacific leaders’ vision for “a region of peace, harmony, security and economic prosperity, so that all of its people can lead free and worthwhile lives” (Auckland Declaration, April 2004).

Our graduates are empowered to assume positions of responsibility and leadership and to make extraordinary contributions to that vision.

The Office of Pacific Advancement also provides strategic oversight on matters concerning the University’s Pacific students, staff and communities in New Zealand and around the Pacific. It supports proactive engagement with internal and external stakeholders to implement Pacific-focused initiatives and strategies as they relate to the objectives laid out in the University’s Strategic Plan 2012-2016.

Our history

2003 - The Office of Pasifika Advancement is established, led by inaugural director La’auli Michael Jones.

2007 - Pauline Winter takes the directorship and the focus for the Office of Pasifika Advancement shifts to meet AUT University’s new strategic objectives for Pasifika advancement. In 2012, she was appointed Chief Executive of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.

2014 – Walter Fraser is appointed to lead AUT University’s Pacific agenda, and the office is renamed the Office of Pacific Advancement, to more accurately reflect the University’s wider regional interests and ambitions relating to all of the Pacific region and its peoples.

AUT University’s Pacific advancement initiatives

AUT University and the Office of Pacific Advancement are leading a number of initiatives designed to:

  • Build relationships with Pacific communities and key stakeholders
  • Encourage access, success and advancement of the University’s Pacific staff and students
  • Promote teaching and research that benefits Pacific communities
  • Develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in university activities
  • Raise the profile of the University’s successes in the Pacific space amongst the wider public in New Zealand and abroad

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Last updated: 18-Dec-2014 2.36pm

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