Pacific student support services

University doesn’t have to be daunting. Discover our dedicated space for Pacific students and how we can help you reach your goals with advice and study support.

Pasifika success team photo
Pasifika Success team photo

Why use Pasifika Success?

At Pasifika Success (PS) we are committed to encouraging and assisting our Pacific students to be confident and independent learners.

We’ve all been students too and understand the challenges of studying at University, so we provide a culturally supportive and friendly environment to help you make the most of your study.

You might still be finding your way around and not sure who to turn to for academic, social, or mentoring support. We know too there may be issues outside of University like work, church or family that can affect your studies. You are not alone! Talk with us and find out how we can help you with the many demands of tertiary study and unlock your academic potential.

How to find us

We’re located downstairs in N Block, Level 2 at Gate 4, 60 Epsom Ave. Hours Monday-Friday 8am - 4pm (after hours access available).

The success of all our Pacific students is extremely important to us. Feel free to drop in for a chat, and discuss the best ways we can help you. Make use of our kitchen, have a cuppa and chill out on our couches and beanbags in the Pacific student study space.

Services we provide

Pacific postgraduate support

One on one appointments – feedback on proposals, literature review etc.
Postgraduate writing retreats
Monthly Pacific postgraduate ‘Talanoa’
Pacific postgraduate network evenings
Academic writing

Understanding assignment questions

APA referencing
Brainstorming for assignments
Reading for meaning strategies
Avoiding plagiarism
Study Skills

Time management

Exam preparation
Note-taking skills
IT skills
Other issues

Financial advice

Assistance with accessing scholarships
StudyLink queries
Life issues affecting study
Mediation with lecturers

Tuakaqu Mentors

Tuakaqu is the Fijian word for an elder sibling or big brother, or elder person that has the important responsibility to look after, care for or mentor the younger siblings.

In this sense all our Pacific students at the faculty have the people of Pasifika Success as their Tuakaqu, who will mentor them to be successful.

We are committed to encouraging and assisting Pacific students towards independent learning and confidence in their studies.

Na Tuakaqu ni noqu vuli ka tiko ena koronivuli torocake oqo ko Pasifika Success, kau na rawa ni vakararavitaka vua na noqu vuli ka kei na noqu kila meu na rawata vakavinaka nai naki noqu vuli.

For appointments with a tuakaqu mentor,email tuakaqu.mentoring@auckland.ac.nz

Tuakaqu Mentor Primary
Lillien Skudder

Tuakaqu Mentor Human Services
Matelita Taufa

Tuakaqu Mentor Early Childhood Education
Elizabeth Peta Ravlich

Tuakaqu Mentor Physical Education
Asotasi Faautaga

Tuakaqu Mentor Foundation
Maelega Lilo

Tuakaqu Mentor Social Work
Natasha Urale Baker

Who we are

We’ve all been students so we know what it’s like trying to get everything done and succeed. We don’t just listen, we help you find solutions.

Mr Tim Baice
Pasifika Success Coordinator
Email: t.baice@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 48469

Ms Lillien Skudder
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Email: l.skudder@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 48367

Lillien is currently pursuing her Masters of Professional Studies in Education. Lillien was previously president of the Epsom Tai Tokerau Students Association (ETTSA) as well as the Faculty of Education and Social Work Pacific Islands Students Association (FOEPISA). Lillien was previously a Tuakaqu Mentor for Primary and has now assumed the Tuakaqu Mentoring Coordinator role. Lillien is of Tongan heritage.

Elisabeth Kumaran is the Student Adviser Pasifika in the Faculty of Education and Social Work’s Student Contact Centre. Elisabeth's primary role is to help students with their applications, enrolments and degree planning. She also manages specific programmes as well as faculty recruitment and looking after Pacific student queries.

Mrs Elisabeth Kumaran
Student Academic Adviser
Email: e.kumaran@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 373 7999 ext 48807