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February 21, 2016 | by  | in Opinion |
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One Ocean

Ni sa bula Vinaka! Taloha ni! Ia Orana! Malo e lelei! Gud de tru olgeta! Talofa! Kia orana! Fakalofa lahi atu! Kia ora tatou!

 

A big warm welcome to all the new and returning Pasifika students of 2016. We, your Pasifika Students’ Council, are here to support you during your experience at this great and sometimes terrifying institution.

 

University can be daunting to any new student, and being the token Pasifika student in the classroom or lecture theatre can add to that intimidating and uncomfortable feeling. We’re here to help you feel less like fish out of water. We want all Pasifika students to feel included in both Pasifika contexts and the wider university community. Your voice matters, your experience matters, and we want to make sure you are heard.

 

Victoria University has a lot of services and resources at your disposal (thanks to the $718.00 you had to pay for Student Services Levy), and we can point you to what you need. We run events and study sessions (Loto Aho) throughout the year to help keep the motivation up. There are many different Pasifika cultural associations that you might be interested in joining to learn more about your own or another Pasifika culture in welcoming and informal settings.

 

Come by the Pasifika Haos (15 Mount Street, a.k.a., the bottom of that steep-as hill by the Student Union Building) and say hi, use the computers and study rooms, and just chill out.

 

Any questions? Email us at pasifikavuw@outlook.com. You can also like our facebook page—Pasifika Students’ Council 2016. We keep it up-to-date with upcoming events hosted by us and the other Pasifika members of university.

 

We are students from many islands across Pasifika, but we are from one ocean.

 

Fa’afetai lava mo le avanoa,

PSC 2016

 

Your council:

  • President—Sione Alofi
  • Vice President—Brenda Leasi
  • Academic Officer—Grace Faletutulu
  • Treasurer—Saliema Samuelu
  • Public Relations Officer—Mafoa Vakaloloma
  • Secretary—Laura Toailoa

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