PTEF 2018


Pacific Tertiary Education Forum 2018

Event Details


Thursday 06 and Friday 07 September 2018

Victoria University of Wellington

Conference handbook:
Download the Conference Handbook (PDF, 4.9 MB)

APSTE and Ako Aotearoa are proud to present the 2018 Pacific Tertiary Education Forum (PTEF), a fono for tertiary practitioners and stakeholders to talanoa (discuss) and create solutions to increase the successful outcomes of Pasifika in Aotearoa. 

The PTEF provides a platform for the voices of Pacific learners, teachers, support staff and tertiary leaders to be heard in one place - working together with agency stakeholders and others towards a collective approach for Pacific learner success. Participants will share in discussion and debate around what it means to be part of today’s rapidly changing tertiary education environment. The theme 'Be the change you wish to see in the world' will be examined through a uniquely Pacific perspective, drawing on the experiences of a broad cross-section from the tertiary sector.

Keynote Presentations

Keynote addresses by Associate Professor Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, DNZM, QSO (Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pasifika,Victoria University of Wellington), Hon Jenny Salesa (Associate Minister of Education), Dr Margaret Southwick (Emeritus Dean, Whitireia Community Polytechnic), and Dr. Jo Cribb (consultant on policy, research and strategy and author of new book ‘Don’t Worry About The Robots’) as well as exciting panel discussions between senior officials from central government agencies and Pacific learners from around New Zealand, are just some of the engaging sessions discussing the conference themes.


Registration closed

Registration is now closed and we have reached capacity at the venue. We apologise but walk-in registrations cannot be catered for due to strict fire safety regulations at the venue. 

Key dates

Registration open: 4 May 2018
Call for presentations open: 21 May 2018
Call for presentations close: 6 July 2018
Registrations closed:  midday 31 August 2018

Parking information

There is no parking available at Victoria University of Wellington. There are some 2 hour on-street parks on Kelburn parade and you can find out more about that here.

If you are driving to the forum then we recommend parking at an all-day carpark on The Terrace and walking (uphill) to the venue. Find out more here.

You could travel by Wellington’s iconic cable car which takes you close to the University. Vic Uni has some useful information on getting to the campus. You can read that here.


Ako Aotearoa and the Association of Pasifika Staff in Tertiary Education (APSTE).