Pacific Students - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Pacific Development Team

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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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News and Events

Pasifika Mature Students' Dinner, Wednesday 5 April

Pasifika Mature Students' Dinner

To celebrate the approaching end of term, the Pacific Development Team is putting on a special dinner for our mature students! We warmly invite all adult/mature Pasifika students to come along to the Shilling Club with us next Wednesday 5 April at 4pm for a dinner (paid for by PDT!)
How do we define mature students? Well, let's just say we are "flexible" lol. There is no strict age limit - we have designed this dinner for students who may not have necessarily come to UC straight from High School - perhaps the youthful antics of our Jandals events are not your scene, perhaps you are a postgraduate student, or maybe you are just an "old soul" lol.
Whatever the case, please feel free to come along for some good food, a relaxed atmosphere and a chance to relax at the end of the term. Sound nice? We think so. 
Please RSVP with Tumama at or on 369 3855.

Date: Wednesday 05 April
Time: 4pm
Venue: Shilling Club, Ilam Campus - University of Canterury

Open invite to UC Pasifika April Graduation Celebration

UC Pasifika April Graduation Celebration
4pm-7pm, Wednesday 12 April
Central Lecture Theatres

Every year we recognise our UC Pasifika Graduates with special celebrations in April and December. Usually this is a ticketed event targeted specifically at our graduates and their families – but this April we would like to extend an open invite to all our Pacific students and community. This will be a free event in which our Pacific students who are graduating in April are acknowledged by the university and the community in a Pacific celebration that will include a Pasifika buffet meal at the end of the night.  The Celebration takes place next Wednesday 12 April, 4pm-7pm at the Central Lecture Theatres.

This is a great chance to experience one of our graduation celebrations, and help make it a special night for our graduates and graduands, along with the recipients of the Pacific Achievers College Awards, who will also be acknowledged on the night.

Dress for the night will be semi-formal, and we ask that you arrive on time to ensure a smooth running of the event, and in respect of our graduates and graduands.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tumama Tu’ulua at or on 369 3855.