pacific learners PLD


Educational practices that benefit Pacific learners – Hamilton

Event Details

Thursday 11 October

9am – 3pm


Bill Gallagher Events Centre, Room Two
Wintec City Campus
Gate 3, Tristram Street


$290 + GST (includes booking fee) Register

In this full-day workshop (5 hours) facilitated Dr Cherie Chu, participants will explore how they can further develop their own knowledge and practice to support and enhance Pacific learners in tertiary education.

Through an Appreciative Inquiry approach, participants will learn about Pacific learners’ contexts and learning needs using it to:

  • explore Pacific learners’ experiences and contexts in New Zealand tertiary education
  • discuss and reflect on what works well for Pacific students
  • recommend possible strategies for working with Pacific learners within their learning environment.

The session will be of interest to tertiary educators, managers and general staff working with Pacific learners across a wide range of tertiary contexts.

This workshop is based on Dr Cherie Chu's research project funded through Ako Aotearoa's National Project Fund that investigated organisational practices that support Pacific learners to succeed in tertiary education. The vision of the project was to gather stories of success to inform theory and practice, and to shift attention from deficit explanations of Pacific student achievement to a focus on exemplars of success.

Dr Chu has worked in tertiary education for 17 years and has been involved in delivering leadership training for Pacific students and New Zealand Aid scholarship students at Victoria University since 2004.


The Ako Aotearoa Northern Hub.