Director of Pasifika
The first senior Pacific leadership position was established in December 2010 following a series of consultation meetings with staff and members of the Pacific community. This appointment was part of a university wide service review and restructure process called Project Star which involved looking at how best to progress Maori and Pacific services at the University of Canterbury into the future under a new structure. Initially a half-time fixed-term position titled, Senior Pacific Advisor, it later became a director’s position in November 2011. The position expired in December 2012 but was re-established and re-named Acting Director of Pacific Development in February 2013 as a full-time fixed-term position to encompass the duties of the previous director and that of the Manager of Pacific Development who has been seconded into the Acting Director’s position from February 2013 to March 2014. In August 2014 the University of Canterbury officially announced the establishment of the Director of Pasifika role as a full-time continuing position.
Director - Pasifika
The role of the Director of Pasifika is to lead and direct the development and implementation of the Pasifika Strategy and related initiatives which promote achievement of educational outcomes and institutional goals for Pacific people at the University of Canterbury. The Director, Pasifika will provide strategic advice, guidance and leadership for enhancing and implementing the University’s vision and response to meeting the educational aspirations of our Pacific communities through effective stakeholder relationships and the delivery of strategies that align with the University’s broader strategic plans.
Pauline Luafutu-Simpson is the Acting Director of Pasifika.