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

Damon Salesa receives prize

AUT VC wins Ockham Book Award

Professor Damon Salesa’s book recognised takes prize in non-fiction category.
Ten new kaihoe (appointees)

Collective purpose motivates new cohort

Ten new kaihoe (appointees) have been inducted into AUT’s Eke Tangaroa Programme for early-career Māori and Pacific academics.
Pare Keiha and Noe Noe Wong-Wilson hold the MOU after both signing it at the event

Successful launch of WIPCE 2025

Te Ara Poutama: Māori and indigenous development
AUT hosted a launch event on May 9 for the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (WIPCE) 2025.

Celebrating culture, cuisine and couture

Language and culture
AUT once again hosted the annual Manaaki Scholars Cultural Lunch and Couture, a cultural celebration of food, dress and performances.

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 departments at AUT. In this section, some of our Pacific staff share their stories.

Our staff

Eke Tangaroa

Eke Tangaroa is a unique programme designed to increase the number of Māori and Pacific academics at AUT by appointing early career academics and supporting them to establish research-active academic careers.

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Meet some of our Pacific students


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Office of Pacific Advancement

We’re committed to the wellbeing and success of Pacific communities at AUT and beyond. Our programmes and initiatives cover the student and staff experience, academic research development, impact and engagement, advocacy, and community-based collaborations and partnerships.

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Student support

AUT offers a wide range of support for students and students can also be a part of the Oceanian Leadership Network. We also offer a number of scholarships for secondary school students, including the AUT Find Your Greatness Scholarships for Pacific students.

UniPrep programme

UniPrep is a five-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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