Pacific Development Team (PDT) Tutor


PDT Tutors support the academic success of Pacific students through one-to-one or group tutoring programmes working with UC students and/or secondary school students.

Tutors working in secondary schools tutor NCEA level 1, 2, and 3 students from local schools during school holidays.  They help young Pacific students build confidence and community and promote their ongoing academic success.

Criteria for selection

PDT Tutors are recommended by academic departments on the basis of their academic record, content knowledge and tutoring ability.

Hours involved in the activity

12 hours minimum. For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below. For this activity you can claim a maximum of one learning and development outcome.


Riki Welsh
Pacific Advisor

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point(s) that best represents your learning outcome.

  • B1 - Communication - PDT Tutors communicate appropriately to provide effective support and guidance to Pacific students at UC and local secondary schools.
  • B2 - Initiative and Enterprise - PDT Tutors guide the learning and development of Pacific students by creating innovative and culturally relevant strategies for success and working towards shared goals.  
  • B4 - Learning - PDT Tutors draw on their own learning and experience to help others succeed.  



  • C1 - Communication - PDT Tutors communicate effectively with diverse student groups and create good working relationships with staff in the Pacific Development Team.  They use multiple communication formats in innovative ways.
  • C4 - Learning - PDT Tutors reflect on the effectiveness of their teaching strategies and make changes to improve learning outcomes for students including innovative ways of teaching Pasifika learners.
  • C5 - Planning & organisation - PDT Tutors schedule and plan tutorials to meet student needs and academic requirements and think outside of the traditional methods of planning.
  • C6 - Problem-solving - PDT Tutors find solutions to barriers to learning for Pacific students, They recognise and report any major concerns about student progress or wellbeing to the Pacific Advisor.  
  • C7 - Self-management - PDT Tutors are motivated and take responsibility to ensure tutoring sessions are beneficial.  They conduct themselves in a professional manner as representatives of UC.  


  • D1 - Communication - PDT Tutors understand and respect the cultural needs and values of Pacific students and communicate effectively to support their success. 
  • D4 - Learning - PDT Tutors develop their understanding and experience of other cultures to help Pacific students succeed at UC.  
  • D8 - Teamwork - PDT Tutors work with groups of students in a culturally appropriate manner to build strong networks that promote academic success.
Matrix intersection points for Pacific Development Team (PDT) Tutor (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not an academic prerequisite
  • Not for academic credit

Are you interested in participating in this activity?