Pacific student support

At AUT we’re committed to empowering Pacific communities through education. We offer a range of services designed to support our diverse Pacific communities, and students can also be a part of the Oceanian Leadership Network.

Our support services for Pacific students include:

  • Academic tutoring
  • A comprehensive mentoring and leadership programme
  • ‘Fono rooms’ – areas you can meet others, relax or study on campus
  • Māori and Pasifika Postgraduate Student Wananga Series – a chance for postgraduate students to get together

Oceanian Leadership Network

Our Oceanian Leadership Network is an inclusive interconnected group of students from across AUT. We have navigators (student mentors) from different faculties, schools and campuses of the university who are there to guide and grow our students throughout their journey at AUT.

Oceanian Leadership Network

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There’s a wide range of scholarships and awards available to AUT students at all stages of their study, including the following AUT scholarships for school leavers:

You can also search the AUT scholarships database for other AUT scholarships and externally funded scholarships.


Pacific at AUT

Read more about all things Pacific at AUT – from stories of our staff and students at AUT to our engagement with communities and research that impacts the lives of Pacific people.


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Rose Leauga

She didn’t choose midwifery; midwifery chose her, says Rose Leauga who is currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) at AUT.
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Shakil Tausheed Mohammed

When Shakil Tausheed Mohammed moved to New Zealand from Fiji, he spent several years helping rebuild Christchurch before coming to uni to study science.
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Jeremiah Tautati Zobule

He has long been fascinated by economics, says Jeremiah Tautati Zobule who came to AUT from the Solomon Islands to study a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
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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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Annajane Leslie Schutz

A career in engineering has always been her dream, says Annajane Leslie Schutz who came to AUT from Kiribati to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
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Malia Latu

The importance of education was instilled in her from a very young age, says Malia Latu who came to AUT to complete a Master of Communication Studies.
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Te Wai Rua-Cowan

As someone who loves the arts, writing and digital marketing, studying English and new media studies was the perfect fit for her, says Te Wai Rua-Cowan.
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Junior Timothy Doedoke

He has always been interested in building things, says construction engineering student Junior Timothy Doedoke who came to AUT from the Solomon Islands.
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Angel Stowers

For Angel Stowers, visiting China in high school wasn’t just an opportunity to experience Asian culture; it also inspired her to study Chinese at university.
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Katrina Sharlott

AUT enables students to set themselves up for a bright future in the industry, says Katrina Sharlott who completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.
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Rusila Waqasobasoba

She decided to study business to become familiar with modern business technology and applications, says Rusila Waqasobasoba who is studying economics.
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Ranisha Chandra

The variety is what she enjoys most about her career, says Bachelor of Science alumna Ranisha Chandra who now works as a compliance officer at Auckland Council.
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Virylson Nomae

Virylson Nomae is determined to be a role model to his younger cousins and brother, and came to AUT on a New Zealand Pacific Scholarship to do just that.
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Uong Jameson Yalap

Global awareness has never been more vital than it is in today’s rapidly changing world, says Uong Jameson Yalap, an international student from Palau.
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Shae Parsons-Wanoa

For Shae Parsons-Wanoa studying communications at AUT is a bit of a family tradition – she is the fourth AUT communication studies graduate among her siblings.

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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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