Pacific Students - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
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Support for Education, Health and Human Development students

Loluama Avia is our dedicated Pacific Advisor whose focus is to provide follow up and monitoring support to on-campus, regional and distance Pacific students studying with the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

All first year students are advised to attend a face-to-face, phone or Skype meeting with a Pacific Advisor within the first two weeks of study. The purpose of these meetings is to better inform students of the services and support that they are able to access and to follow up on any support that may be needed during the enrolment process.

Key information for Pasifika students studying in the College of Education, Health and Human Development:

Education Lunches

Lunch is organised each Term to bring together Pacific students studying at the College of Education and key staff. This is a great way to take a break from study and enjoy good company. Food is provided. Lunches scheduled for the remainder of the year are on the following dates:

Date: Thurs 16 March, Wed 3 May & Thurs 20 July
Time: 12 – 1.30pm
Venue: Pasifika Student Space (Otakaro building, Room 139)

Pasifika Student Space

The College of Education, Health and Human Development have a space dedicated for Pasifika students in Room 139, Otakaro building. The space has two computers, a fridge, couch, a microwave, and a study area. This is a great place to meet other students studying in the College and a quiet area to study. For information, please contact Loluama Avia.

Education Mentoring Cohort

Pacific student mentors studying at the College of Education volunteer their time to provide peer support to first-year students. Mentors maintain regular contact and a coffee catch-up between the mentor and the mentee or as a cohort group.

If you are a first-year student, you can register with the Mentoring programme here:
Sign up for a Mentor

If you are a continuing UC Pacific Student and would like to be a Mentor, you can register your interest here:
Apply to be a Mentor

PASS Tutoring for Education

Pacific Academic Solutions and Success (PASS) Programme
The PASS Programme offers free tutoring for domestic Pacific students who register on the programme. PASS provides quality tutors that can assist you with preparing for any upcoming assessments and exams.

To sign up for the PASS programme click here.

UC Library Drop-in Sessions

Staff from the UC Library drop in to the Pasifika Education space (Room 139, Otakaro building) every Thursday from 11am to 12pm, during term time. They are there to assist with finding resources for your courses and referencing. Distance and on-campus students are most welcome to contact them directly for support by email:

Pasifika Success Group

To ensure that Pasifika students are well supported, the College of Education, Health and Human Development established a group called the Pasifika Success Group in 2012. This group meets monthly and is made up of key staff from the College, including the Kaiārahi Pasifika (Education), a Student Advisor, Placement staff, Programme Coordinators and a Pacific Advisor (from the Pacific Development Team). If you have any concerns or if you would like more information about this group, please contact Lynda Boyd or Loluama Avia.


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Loluama Avia
Pacific Advisor
+ 64 3 369 4634 ext 94634
37 Creyke Road