Pacific Development Team

Welcome to Pacific Development Services

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Namaste, Kia orana, Taloha ni, Ia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, 'Alii, Malo ni, Halo Olaketa, Mauri, Aloha mai e and warm Pacific Greetings.

UC features one of the most innovative support systems for Pacific Students. We have a team of people here to help you develop through your study. From undergraduate to post-graduate, from arts to engineering, a range of services and programmes exist for you.

Mele Tanoa
Pasific Students

Meet our Pasifika students

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News and Events

MBC Student Collective - Cyclone Pam Fundraisermbcfundraiser

Film: The Island President
Date: Friday 27 March
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Undercroft 101. Map

The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (MBC) Student Collective is hosting a movie night on Friday. All proceeds to be donated to Red Cross relief efforts in Vanuatu.

Seats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own snacks and beanbags.

For more information visit the MBC Student Collective's Facebook event or contact


Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation (PIPEF) Scholarship

Applications for the Pacific Island Polynesian Education Foundation (PIPEF) Scholarships are now open and will be closing at 5pm on 31 March. More information about the scholarships can be found here.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a domestic Pacific undergraduate and postgraduate student; and currently studying full-time.

Questions about the scholarship can be directed to


2015 Pasifika Graduation Celebration

The Pacific Development Team celebrates UC Pacific Graduates at the Pasifika Graduation Celebration. During the ceremony, Pacific students who have recently graduated in the December ceremonies are acknowledged by the university and the community in a Pacific celebration for both the graduate and their family.

The April Graduation Celebration this year will be held on Thursday 16 April 2015. To find more about the celebration you can click here or contact Riki Welsh directly.

If you are graduating, make sure to contact the Pacific Development Team.


2015 Pasifika Welcome Day

To celebrate the start of a new academic year, a Pasifika welcome is held every year on Saturday at the end of the first week of lectures, bringing together all Pacific students and their families. It is a great opportunity for students and family members to hear from key University staff and meet members of the wider Pacific community.

Welcome Day will be held on Saturday 28 February 2015. To find more about the celebration you can click here or contact Riki Welsh directly.


Get Fresh: Pasifika OrientationGetFresh2015

Are you or anyone you know enrolling here at UC for the first time this year? Get FRESH is a fun-packed two day programme introducing all first-year Pacific students to UC and is designed to give them the best possible start here at the university.

To find out more about this event, which will run on Thursday 19th February and Friday 20th February, click here or contact the Pacific Development Team.

ReFresh - Academic Skills seminarRefresh Invitation

ReFresh Academic Skills seminar is a great way for Pacific returning students to freshen up their skills to start this year's study on track to success. It is also a perfect way to rebuild confidence for those returning students that were affected by the Academic Progress Review.

The seminar this year (which includes lunch) will be held on Thursday 19 February 2015. To find out more click here or you can contact Danielle O'Halloran


Pacific Students Newsletter

Check out our latest Pacific Students Newsletter online!UC Pasifika Student Newsletter_October2014(pdf 2 MB).

Missed out on the last newsletter? Click here to view all Pacific Students Newsletter.