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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.

Antony doing fieldwork

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.

David with French and US ambassadors

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.



Educator calls for less ‘tick-box teaching’ and more creativity
Wed, 29 Mar 2017
Professor Welby Ings … talking “disobedient thinking” at TedxAuckland in 2013, some of the ideas underpinning his new book. Video: TedxTalks Despite being expelled from secondary sch...

New Greenpeace vessel key to ‘do or die’ battle against oil industry
Wed, 29 Mar 2017
By Kendall Hutt In light of news of President Donald Trump’s executive order today — undoing integral climate change policies implemented under former President Barack Obama — Greenpeace N...

‘Ordinary hero’ who challenged French Polynesian ‘nuclear horror’ dies
Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Bruno Barrillot talking about the legacy of French nuclear testing in the Pacific in the Witnesses of the Bomb programme in a 2013 multimedia historical record. Video: cdgr0820 By Mathilde Régis Campa...

Church supports ‘concrete feet’ environment protest in Jakarta
Tue, 28 Mar 2017
The church in Indonesia has lent its weight behind an ongoing demonstration outside the presidential palace by Javanese farmers protesting against the establishment of a cement factory, which critics ...

‘Nothing stopping investigative journalism,’ claims Khaiyum
Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claims there is “absolutely nothing” stopping investigative journalism in Fiji, the major television network reports, Media freedom – especially...

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VIDEO: ‘Ordinary hero’ who challenged French Polynesian ‘nuclear horror’ dies
Tue, 28 Mar 2017

By Mathilde Régis

PAPE'ETE (Asia Pacific Report/Lyon Capitale/Radio NZ International/Pacific Media Watch): Campaigner and former priest Bruno Barrillot, who devoted his life to challenging French nuclear tests in Algeria and the Pacific and who sought justice for the victims, has died. He was aged 77.

In 1984, he founded the Lyon-based Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Paix et les Conflits (CDRPC) and the non-government organisation Arms Observatory.

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FIJI: ‘Nothing stopping investigative journalism,’ claims Sayed-Khaiyum
Tue, 28 Mar 2017

SUVA (Fiji Television/Pacific Media Watch): Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claims there is "absolutely nothing" stopping investigative journalism in Fiji, the major television network reports,

Media freedom – especially for critical and responsible reporting – has been an ongoing issue in Fiji.

In an interview with Fiji One News reporter Sofaia Koroitanoa, Sayed-Khaiyum claimed the government would “love to see more” investigative journalism.

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INDONESIA: Prominent opposition journalist Ahmad Taufik dies
Mon, 27 Mar 2017

JAKARTA (Asia Pacific Report/The Jakarta Post/Pacific Media Watch): Prominent Indonesian journalist Ahmad Taufik has died after an illness in Jakarta. He was 51.

Taufik, known as an opposition journalist during President Suharto’s dictatorship, joined other journalists in founding the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) on 7 August 1994. He was appointed the first presidium chairman of the organisation.

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VIDEO: Bonfire screening highlights heart-wrenching Arctic story
Mon, 27 Mar 2017

By Christina Milligan
AUCKLAND (Te Ara Motuhenga/Pacific Media Watch): The multi-award winning feature film The Bonfire has been screened to a small but appreciative audience at Auckland University of Technology following its successful screenings at the 2017 Māoriland Film Festival in Otaki.

The film tells a heart-wrenching story of friendship between an old man and a young boy after both of them have lost connection with their families.

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VIDEO: 5 mind-boggling things about Pilger’s doco The Coming War on China
Sun, 26 Mar 2017

LONDON (Asia Pacific Report/RT/RNZ/Pacific Media Watch): With dozens of US military bases encircling China with a “giant noose,” and America’s historic nuclear presence in the Pacific region, a war between the greatest military power and the world’s second largest economy “is no longer unthinkable,” journalist John Pilger says.

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Last updated: 16-Feb-2017 4.31pm

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