Sam Pilisi

Promoting and fostering educational aspirations in the next generation of leaders is a rewarding role that draws upon establishing and maintaining strong relationships. I really enjoy being at the frontline of equipping our young people with the necessary tools and knowledge to transition well into tertiary study.  As an AUT graduate, I feel a strong fit with the values and skills both of AUT and this role.


I began my university career at the University of Western Sydney where I was supporting Pacific university students with transition, retention and course completion. I also promoted and fostered aspirations for higher education among Pacific students and their families across 80+ high school and primary schools in the Greater Western Sydney area.

In New Zealand I have also worked at Best Pacific Institute of Education in the challenging role of engaging with Māori and Pacific youth from the West Auckland area who often have had negative experiences with mainstream education. I worked in a similar student recruitment role at Unitec, which involved connecting with parents, school students and secondary school staff.

About me

I am the eldest of five boys, with there being a 29-year gap between me and our youngest brother. I really enjoy advocating and promoting Niue culture as there aren’t many of us in the world! I love sports and use all four seasons of the year to play and support a variety of sports.

Student Recruitment Advisor – Pacific

Sam Pilisi, Manager - Future Students, South Campus

Sam Pilisi

Phone: (09) 921 9899
Mobile: 021 868 455

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