Pacific Development - Pacific Students - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

‘UC has also very approachable lecturers who are known experts in their field...’

Meikko Forones BA(Hons) in Political Science
Studying towards an MA in Political Science
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Pasifika student blogs

What's it like to be a UC Pasifika student? Our students regularly share their stories via the Insider's Guide to UC.

2017

Tongan Language Week - Growing up as a Tongan in New Zealand (01 September 2017)
UC student selected as summer intern (08 August 2017)
Three outstanding Maori and Pasifika UC trainee teachers honoured (19 July 2017)
Exams - procastinate with purpose...really! (08 June 2017)
Samoan Language Week - Samoan history. (02 June 2017)
Prep to succeed...and to minimise the impact of failure (31 May 2017)
Tribe Kiribati outwit & outplay at Jandals event (18 May 2017)
Don't forget your roots (3 March 2017)
Five quick tips for your first year at University (24 February 2017)

2016

Graduation - Dedicated to mum (21 December 2016)
Graduation - The beginning of a new chapter (21 December 2016)
Graduation - Helping people makes me happy (15 December 2016)
Graduation - From Samoa to Canterbury - my UC journey (15 December 2016)
Graduation - Holding ourselves to higher standards (13 December 2016)
Graduation - This is for grandma (13 December 2016)
Graduation - Education is our passport to the future (12 December 2016)
Graduation - Being the best version of ourselves (12 December 2016)
Tokelau Language Week - Taloha Ni (28 October 2016)
Tongan Language Week The joy in revisting my Tongan roots (9 September 2016)
Tongan Language Week – Representing my culture with pride (7 September 2016)
Jandals - Not just something for your feet (6 September 2016)
Tongan Language Week: Be loud and be proud - Mate Ma'a Tonga! (6 September 2016)
Tongan Language Week – Finding my own way, Tongan style (1 September 2016)
Cook Islands Language Week - My journey is just beginning (4 August 2016)
Cook Islands Language Week - Learning to embrace my heritage (2 August 2016)
Cook Islands Language Week - Reconnecting with my culture  (1 August 2016)
Learning to excel - PDT's XL programme turns five  (26 July 2016)
Pasifika Law Conference opens new doors  (21 July 2016)
Engaging Pasifika Youth with STEM  (11 July 2016)
Disappointed with exam results? PDT is here to help!  (8 July 2016)
Samoan Language Week - Your Language is your identity  (3 June 2016)
Samoan Language Week - Wherever you go, Samoa will always be your home  (30 May 2016)
Samoan Language Week starts today  (29 May 2016)
Creating positive futures for Pasifika (29 April 2016)

Pasifika featured News

2017
Creative opportunity for Pacific artists  (25 Jan 2017)

2016
Exploring space and STEM to save Earth  (5 Aug 2016)
Fellow from Hawaii to teach Te Reo at UC (12 Jul 2016)
UC marks 20th anniversary of anti-nuclear judgment (30 Jun 2016)
UC students recognised at inaugural Youth Awards (28 Jun 2016)
21 Day Pacific Challenge sends UC students to Niue (31 May 2016)
Feeling at home as a Samoan in Canterbury (31 May 2016)
Ioane appointed UC Pacific Artist in Residence (9 May 2016)
Canterbury students aid in Fiji relief effort (11 Mar 2016)
UC academics take up challenge to help NZ children (19 Feb 2016)
International rugby dream beckons Cantabrian (18 Feb 2016)

2015
UC academic publishes new history of Tonga (20 Nov 2015)
Two Pasifika UC student teachers win scholarships (21 Oct 2015)
UC media training exercise wins innovation award (7 Sep 2015)
Samoan student celebration in Christchurch (24 Aug 2015)
Students' renewable energy designs assist Tonga (21 Aug 2015)
Sports scholarships for talented young achievers (23 Feb 2015)

2014
UC student helps Tonga's Ministry of Health (15 Dec 2014)
Dr Steven Ratuva to head Macmillan Brown Centre (23 October 2014)
Investigating how the homeless use mobile phones (15 September 2014)
University students installing solar power (8 July 2014)
Study aims to improve health of Pacific People
(5 May 2014)
Epic Pasifika love poem published by CUP (17 Mar 2014)

2013
Education changes needed to help Pasifika people (18 Dec 2013)
UC student driven by tsunami tragedy (22 Jul 2013)
UC sports lecturer helping coach Manu Samoa (17 Jun 2013)

2012
Rabuka unsure about 2014 Fijian elections (19 Oct 2012)
UC honours and assists Tongan science students (19 Sep 2012)
Solar powered systems for Tongan schools (22 May 2012)
Minister applauds UC Pasifika outreach programme (16 May 2012)
Fiji sojourn for UC trio (8 Mar 2012)
UC opens new centre for Pasifika achievement (03 Feb 2012)

2011
"Father of Pacific art" returns to UC (15 Dec 2011)
UC helps power Tongan schools (13 Oct 2011)
Scholarship boost for Maori and Pasifika students (18 Jul 2011)
Sporty science students head to Tonga (5 Jul 2011)