About the course

This course will unpack a range of strategies and resources from the 'Pasifika Resource kit' that will assist educators in engaging with Pasifika students in more meaningful ways.

Course outline

Each course is three weeks in duration, which includes weekly online video conferences providing direct interaction with the facilitator. There is an expected commitment of one hour per week to work on tasks after each video conference – facilitator support will be available if needed.

Topics covered

The understanding of effective teaching and learning strategies as well as effective culturally responsive pastoral care to support Pasifika students at tertiary institutions is critical if educational institutions are to aim for increased Pasifika success within their institutions.

Through active participation, the facilitators will lead attendees through lively, practical exercises as a way of experiencing a multiplicity of Pasifika perspectives.

The Pasifika Resource Kit was developed as a result of the findings from a collaborative research project Change Strategies in enhancing Pasifika Success in 3 Tertiary Institutions in Canterbury. The collective Pasifika student voice from the three institutions, were the building blocks in the development of this resource kit.


About the facilitators

Pauline Luafutu-Simpson

Pauline is a Samoan Kiwi involved with the Christchurch Pasifika community over several years and has an enduring interest and passion in Pasifika education.

Ashalyna Noa

Ashalyna is a New Zealand-born Samoan currently working as Kaiārahi Pasifika with the UC Pacific Development Team and studying towards a PhD at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies.

Joeana Togiaso

Joeana Togiaso is a Samoan Southlander from Invercargill and has a background in ECE and Tertiary teaching, currently studying towards a PhD in Education.

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Our range of PLD workshops and courses can be delivered online or face-to-face, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

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