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

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Prospective students

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News and Events


Jandals 2

Get your teams ready because JANDALS 2 is back. Come Join in on this "Guess who" themed Quiz night. This Wednesday 5.00pm to 8.00pm, food provided and guaranteedfun. See you there !!!

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2016
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Venue: Undercroft Common Room

Ioane Ioane appointed UC Pacific Artist in Residence

Exciting news - the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies has announced its 2016 Artist in Residence - New Zealand-Samoan artist Ioane Ioane. As part of his proposal, Ioane plans to research the navigational heritage of the Pacific and carve a series of maquettes based on the Samoan va’atele (three-metre canoe).

Funded by a Creative New Zealand grant, his three-month artist’s residency runs from 8 June to 8 September 2016. We can't wait to see the work Ioane produces at UC!

Find out more about Ioane and his plans for the year ahead at

21 Day Pacific Challenge - teams announced!

The UC 21 Day Pacific Challenge is officially underway! On Thursday 5 May the students and their mentors met for the first time and the teams were announced. Big congrats and best of luck to the six UC Pasifika students who are part of the initial five teams competing in the challenge: Anshni Kumar, Ricky Nath, Ana Avia-O’Connor, Charles Tevi, Olivia Shimansaki and John Whitcombe.

We look forward to watching the teams' journey over the next couple of weeks as they work towards creating a solution for a community in Niue.

For more information on the Challenge, check out the website To see some photos from the launch night event click here.

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    Christchurch 8140
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