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



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, being held 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.

Mentor initatives

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.

Pacific high schoolers

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.

Andrew Fiu

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.



‘I will have you jailed too,’ Trillanes warns President Duterte
Sat, 25 Feb 2017
By Lian Buan in Manila After visiting Senator Leila de Lima in jail, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that he will stop at nothing to make sure Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also serves time i...

O’Neill pays tribute to late PNG Governor-General at state funeral
Sat, 25 Feb 2017
By Charles Yapumi in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has described the late Governor-General, Sir Michael Ogio, as a man of dignity and humility. “Sir Michael served his cou...

War on drugs critic Senator Leila de Lima arrested in Philippines
Fri, 24 Feb 2017
Senator Leila de Lima has branded President Rodrigo Duterte a “sociopathic serial killer” after he was accused of ordering drug killings. Video: Pinas Trends A Philippines senator and stau...

Vincent Lingga: Freeport’s arbitration threat simply ploy to block mining reform
Fri, 24 Feb 2017
By Vincent Lingga in Jakarta “PT Freeport Indonesia [FI] reserves all its rights […] including the right to commence arbitration to enforce all provisions of the contract,” Freeport-...

Duterte critic Leila de Lima vows to fight charges, seeks prayers for safety in jail
Thu, 23 Feb 2017
Senator Leila de Lima says her camp and police agreed the arrest would happen on Friday, but they were dismayed to find out the police planned to arrest her on Thursday night. Video: Rappler By Camill...

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GLOBAL: UN Secretary-General pledges to take action on journalist safety
Fri, 24 Feb 2017

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists.

RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire and CPJ executive director Joel Simon met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday to discuss the #ProtectJournalists campaign to appoint a UN Special Representative for the safety of journalists.

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NZ: Competition watchdog rejects Sky TV, Vodafone NZ merger
Wed, 22 Feb 2017

New Zealand's Commerce Commission ruled today that Sky Television will not be allowed to merge with Vodafone NZ.

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NZ: Spark welcomes court decision to stay any Sky/Vodafone merger clearance
Wed, 22 Feb 2017

AUCKLAND (Spark New Zealand/Pacific Media Watch): Spark New Zealand today welcomed a High Court decision to order a short-term stay in the event the Commerce Commission gives any clearance tomorrow to the proposed merger between Sky Network Television and Vodafone NZ.

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Watching our words: Perceptions of self-censorship and media freedom in Fiji
Tue, 21 Feb 2017

Ricardo Morris, a journalist and Thomson Reuters fellow from Fiji, has studied the perceptions and practice of self-censorship among journalists from his country in the years following the military coup in December 2006. He focused particularly on the period after the 2014 general election that returned Fiji to democratic rule. In his research paper,Morris examines how willing Fiji’s media workers are to self-censor, how self-censorship works in newsrooms, and what factors are influential on journalists’ work.

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NZ: Spark launches legal fight against proposed Sky/Vodafone merger
Mon, 20 Feb 2017

AUCKLAND (New Zealand Herald/Pacific Media Watch): Spark New Zealand is seeking a court order for a short-term pause if the proposed Sky TV/Vodafone NZ merger gets the green light from the Commerce Commission.

In a statement to the NZX today, Spark said it was seeking a court ruling for a stay in the event the Commerce Commission cleared the merger this week.

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Last updated: 16-Feb-2017 4.31pm

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