Welcome to the University of Auckland

A world leader in Pacific research and teaching.


Talofa! Malo e lelei! Kia orana! Fakalofa Lahi Atu!

The University of Auckland is a global leader in Pacific research and teaching.  We have dozens of researchers devoted to researching the Pacific, and our academics teach a range of courses that cover the broadest field of Pacific expertise in New Zealand.

We are proud to count amongst our students around 3,500 students of Pacific descent, the largest number studying for degrees at any University in New Zealand. The University of Auckland has a broad range of programmes, initiatives and services designed to advance our Pacific students, and we count amongst our alumni many of the most distinguished Pacific leaders and educators.

The University of Auckland is home to New Zealand’s largest collection of Pacific scholars and Pacific staff, one of the finest libraries in the Pacific, and a tradition that has long embraced teaching and research about the Pacific.  We work closely with a variety of Pacific peoples, communities and nations.

From ground-breaking scholarship on Pacific health, cutting edge research into climate change, through paradigm-defining work on Pacific education and critical work on Pacific politics, business, arts and literature, the University of Auckland strives to be at the forefront of Pacific research, teaching, knowledge and engagement.

My job, as the University’s Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement, is to further the University’s mission with regard to Pacific students, teachers, research and staff, and its engagement with our partners and stakeholders in this mission.  The University has a deep commitment to its Pacific students and communities, and to remaining at the forefront of the Pacific, to be the leading global university in our Pacific neighbourhood.

Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa is the University Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement, as well as Associate Professor and Head of Pacific Studies. He is the author of a number of books, book chapters and articles on the Pacific, and was the first Pacific person to be a Rhodes Scholar. 

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