Workshop Details

This full-day workshop 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.

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 born in Grey Lynn Auckland. Her family moved to Christchurch when she was 9. Pauline has been involved with the Christchurch  Pasifika community over a number of years and has an enduring interest and passion in Pasifika education.

Ashalyna Noa
Ashalyna is a New Zealand born Samoan, raised in Auckland and Christchurch. Ashalyna is currently working as Kaiārahi Pasifika (Ako Project) with the UC Pacific Development Team and studying towards her PhD at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies.

Sam Uta’i
Sam is descendant of Sā Tu’u’ū & Sā Vaeafē. Born in Auckland, Sam finally settled in Otautahi/Christchurch and has been working at Ara for the last 20 years.

An advocate for Pacific peoples’ and Sam has been active in Pasifika development & education and her work with women.

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We offer three main ways to learn and develop with us.

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