Pacific at AUT

This is your central hub for all things Pacific at AUT. Here you will hear stories of our staff and students at AUT, discover our engagement with communities, and learn more of the research that impacts the lives of our Pacific people.

"Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding, Oceania is hospitable and generous, Oceania is humanity rising from the depths of brine and regions of fire deeper still, Oceania is us. We are the sea. We are the ocean." - Epeli Hau'ofa

News from AUT’s Pacific community

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HRC career development awards

Health sciences
Seven AUT research projects have received funding in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) annual Career Development Awards.

New professors and associate professors

Art and design
AUT is delighted to announce the promotion of 15 of its academics to the position of Professor and 30 to Associate Professor.
Anil Narayan

Meet our staff: Anil Narayan

As the head of department for accounting, Associate Professor Anil Narayan is proud of the achievements he has had in his academic career so far.
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Tokelau Language Week 2022

Social sciences and public policy
The final episode of AUT’s 2022 Pacific Language Week Video series – AUT Focus on Sustainability — has been released.

Pacific staff at AUT

AUT is a vibrant, diverse and supportive organisation for work and study. You can find Pacific staff in positions of responsibility right across all professions, disciplines, schools, faculties and departments at AUT. In this section, some of our Pacific staff share their inspiring stories.

Our staff

Meet some of our Pacific students

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Angelitsa Nekelo

Throughout her time at AUT she found inspiration and support in her peers and lecturers, says Angelitsa Nekelo who is now working as a senior advisor for KPMG.
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Regina Kabweaa Teem

Deciding to study culinary arts was easy, says Regina Kabweaa Teem who came to AUT as an international student from Kiribati to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts.
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Kilakupa Marryanne Gulo-Vui

She wants to play a part in Papua New Guinea’s developing ICT sector, says Kilakupa Marryanne Gulo-Vui who came to AUT as an international student.
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Graceland Mary Ioane

She discovered her passion for helping people when she was in high school, says Graceland Mary Ioane who came to AUT to study a health management degree.
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Via Tuimaseve

For Via Tuimaseve, deciding to study art and design at university was easy and she has since completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in visual arts.
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Deen Stewart

She is proud of creating a card game that makes it fun to learn Samoan at home, says business alumna Deen Stewart who is the owner/operator of Broud Games.
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Va’a Magalogo

Movies and TV shows have always amazed him, says Va’a Magalogo who is completing a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Screen Production & Radio and Audio Media.
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Celine Turangi

For her Master of Engineering research, Celine Turangi explored how to maintain the sharpness of osteotomes; an important tool for orthopaedic surgeons.
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Tali Tanuvasa-Titimanu

After observing how hard teachers work to support vulnerable children, she was inspired to become a teacher too, says education student Tali Tanuvasa-Titimanu.
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Mele Sikimeti Manitisa

She wants to apply her understanding of data analytics to help people, says Mele Sikimeti Manitisa who came to AUT as an international student from Tonga.
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Nick Mailau

He first realised that he loved working with young people when he started coaching basketball in Year 13, says AUT teacher education alumnus Nick Mailau.
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Selu-Kian Faletoese

Bachelor of Communication Studies student Selu-Kian Faletoese is planning to use her understanding of film and storytelling to make a positive impact.
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Caroline Sipili

She loves making a difference to people in need, says Caroline Sipili who now works for the South Seas Healthcare Trust’s AWHI Healthy Homes Initiative.
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Niko Meredith

The multi-faceted nature of creative technologies is reflective of how the real world operates, says Niko Meredith who is a co-director of start-up No Six.
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Marryanne Galumalemana

She is glad she had the courage to follow her dream to become a teacher, says Marryanne Galumalemana who completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching).

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Office of Pacific Advancement

We’re committed to the advancement of the Pacific communities in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands through education, research, professional training, academic opportunities and partnerships.

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Student support

AUT offers a wide range of support through the Student Hub, and students can also be a part of the Oceanian Leadership Network. Pacific students can study or relax in the fono rooms on campus, and the Māori and Pasifika Postgraduate Student Wananga Series is a chance for postgraduate students to get together.

We also offer a number of scholarships for secondary school students, including the AUT Find Your Greatness Scholarships for Pacific students.

Visit from Samoa’s Prime Minister

AUT was honoured to host the Honourable Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa on her first official visit to Aotearoa New Zealand since becoming Prime Minister of Samoa. Fiamē joined AUT's Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pacific Advancement and South Campus, Walter Fraser, to share her insight into Samoa, leadership, the Pacific and the world.

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UniPrep programme

UniPrep is a four-week programme designed to make it easy for high school students to transition into university life. You’ll meet other high school students, as well as a wide support team of navigators who are current university students.

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