Pasifika students

UC welcomes new Pacific students from throughout New Zealand and across the Pacific.

The Pacific Development Team

UC's Pacific Development Team is dedicated to providing Pacific and Pasifika students with a supportive community environment in which to study and grow. Through joint efforts with other UC service departments, academics and community organisations, UC offers you a variety of programmes to support you in your studies.

Keep in touch and informed of goings on via the Pacific Development Team Facebook page.

Pacific Liaison Officer

UC's Pacific Liaison Officer who can assist all first year students starting their undergraduate degrees for the first time.

For more information contact the Liaison team.

Pacific student support services

Pacific student advisory services

UC's Pacific Student Advisors can provide you with advice on resources, services and general UC process matters that puts you in touch with the help you need on and off campus. College specific advisors can help with matters related to your specific course of study.

Pacific and Pasifika scholarships

Numerous scholarships and awards are available to help you fund your studies. Search Scholarships to help identify upcoming scholarships for Pacific and Pasifika students in your discipline of study.

UCMe XL outreach programme

If you’re a Pacific or Pasifika student attending Linwood College, Aranui High School or Hornby High School, the UCMe XL outreach programme can help you prepare for your levels 1, 2 and 3 exams and introduce you to the opportunities for university studies. The programme operates at your school through weekly tutorials and on campus activities at UC.


Get FRESH is a two-day orientation programme for all first-year Pacific students at UC. It’s designed to provide you with important information you’ll need to know before starting lectures.

Pasifika Welcome Day

The start of the academic year is marked with a celebratory Pasifika Welcome Day for all first-year and returning Pacific and Pasifika students and your families. The day opens with a welcome by the University Vice-Chancellor and includes student speakers, special presentations and ends with a Pacific lunch.

UC Pacific Mentoring Programme

The UC Pacific Mentoring Programme will help you as a Pacific student in your first year of study. You’ll have to a peer mentor that will provide direction, encouragement, motivation and most important of all friendship on a one-on-one basis.

Pacific Academic Solutions and Success (PASS) programme

The PASS programme will help you succeed academically. Through PASS you have access to free on-campus tutoring services. There are also revision and exam preparation support sessions offered in the lead of the exam periods.

ReFresh academic skills workshops

ReFresh workshops are half-day academic skills refresher workshops that are run twice yearly before the start of each semester to help you prepare yourself for the new challenges of the upcoming term.

Pacific postgraduate support

Our dedicated Postgraduate Pacific Advisor provides follow-up, pastoral care and monitoring support to postgraduate students at UC.

Pasifika Postgraduate Symposium is an annual event showcasing the research of our postgraduate student and promotes connections between Pasifika Academia, Pasifika Arts and Pasifika Communities to help Pasifika achieve their community aspirations.

Social activities and groups

Jandals Evenings

Jandals are social evenings organised by students for students. Held two to three times a year, these evenings usually involve a few fun games, quizzes, spot prizes, impromptu entertainment and a lot of very loud laughter.

Study and social spaces for Pacific and Pasifika students

Pasifika Student House (The Fale)

The Pasifika Student House is your place to drop in between classes, to meet other Pacific students, check your e-mail, eat your lunch or simply catch up on some reading. The Pasifika Student House is equipped with kitchen facilities, shared text books for core 100-level papers, computers and a tutorial room with whiteboard.

College of Education Pasifika Space

At the Otakaro Building at the College of Education at Dovedale, Pacific and Pasifika students have access to a space for study and networking with your friends and classmates.