Pacific Development Team


The Pacific Development Team (PDT) provide extensive support, opportunities, programmes, and events for Pasifika students at UC as well as some initiatives for UC staff and the wider community. See below for some of the services that are provided. 

Pacific Development Team 2020

Pastoral Care

Our Pacific Advisors and Team leader are the main pastoral care providers for Pasifika students at UC. They are available via email, telephone or for face to face meetings with students to help with almost anything and can be considered the first stop for most issues. They can support students with:

  1. Enrolment and other system issues
  2. Fees Free and Studylink processes
  3. Liaising with different departments/individuals both internally and externally of UC
  4. Being there for general talking and having someone to listen

Part of our team's pastoral care includes our Pasifika Mentoring Programme and our PASS Tutoring programme. See programmes for more information on these. 

Riki Welsh

Kaitātai Ākonga | Director of Student Services Māori, Pacific and Equity
Te Ao Mārama Room 102

Tumama Tu'ulua

Kaiurungi Matua Pasifika | Senior Pacific Advisor

Keruby Ioane

Kaiurungi Pacific
Pacific Advisor
Te Ao Mārama Room 114
Internal Phone: 90192

Neekah Fenika-Siose

Kaiurungi Pacific
Pacific Advisor
Arts & CUP
Internal Phone: 90284

Kaiurungi Pacific Pacific Advisor
Faculty of Education Faculty of Health Faculty of Law
Te Ao Mārama Room 104
Internal Phone: 91568

Pacific Events, Outreach and Communications

Our Pacific Engagement Coordinator along with our team administrator ensure that all of our students are kept in the loop with important communications throughout the year. We also run a number of events (see our events page). If you need to communicate with Pasifika students at UC, or would like to know more about our events, please contact us. 

Viane Makalio

Pacific Engagement Coordinator
Te Ao Mārama Room 101
Internal Phone: 95295

UC Pasifika Strategy

Our Director of Pasifika Development and our Pacific Academic Lead, both work to advance the achievement of Pasifika students at a strategic level. This includes development, implementation, and oversight of our UC Pasifika Strategy, as well as providing advice and expertise to UC Staff. 

Joeana Togiaso

Acting Director of Pacific Development
Jane Soons, Level 5 Room 508

Ashalyna Noa

Kaiārahi Pasifika
Pacific Academic Lead
Jane Soons, Level 5 Room 509

Loluama Avia

Kaiārahi Pasifika
Pacific Academic Lead
Te Ao Mārama Room 104