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.

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Pasific Students

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News and Events


Congratulations to our Pacific stars graduating this week!

To all our Pacific students graduating this week, congratulations! We're extremely proud of your achievements - we know it's a result of the hard work you have put in, and often the hard work and support of your loved ones.

On the day of your graduation, a member of the PDT will be on the lookout for you to give you a lei and hopefully take a photo, so keep an eye out for us! We are looking forward to sharing this special moment with you.

We apologise that there is no Pasifika Celebration Ceremony being held in April this year. However we would love to invite you to our December celebration:

Date:     Thursday 15 December 2016
Time:    4pm – 7pm
Venue: University of Canterbury, Undercroft  

This occasion is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and success of our Pacific students. The programme includes a small procession, guest speakers, and Pacific buffet dinner.

We congratulate you and welcome you and your family to be a part of the Pasifika Graduation Celebration in December. We will send you a reminder closer to the time.    

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Pacific Advisor Riki Welsh at

21 Day Challenge in Niue - final week to apply!

This year's UC 21 Day Challenge will be in NIUE! We would love to see some of our Pasifika students involved in this, as it is an amazing opportunity. Not only do you get free overseas experience, you will potentially be helping out a Pacific Island community in a really cool and innovative way. It will also look fantastic on your CV. APPLICATION ARE NOW OPEN and close on 22 April - if you think you are up to the challenge, head to the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship website to apply.



  • Pacific Development Team
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800
    Christchurch 8140
    New Zealand
  • Office Location - 37 Creyke Road, Ilam.
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  • Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext 3671
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