Welcome from the co-Associate Deans Pacific

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula Vinaka, Halo oloketa, Ia orana, Taloha ni, Ko na mauri, and warm Pacific greetings. Nau mai, Haere mai, ki te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki-makau-rau.

Jacinta Oldehaver and Maria Cooper, co-Associate Deans Pacific

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Education and Social Work, a place where your goals for educational success can be achieved.

Education and Social Work are viable and rewarding careers and our outstanding teachers and researchers focus on preparing Pasifika students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to lead positive change in their communities.

To support you, we have an amazing Pasifika Success team that includes dedicated mentors offering individualised and group support, guidance with academic skills, and a space for learning and collaboration. These strategies ensure that Pasifika students know who they are, feel confident in their study, and have a strong sense of belonging in this faculty.

As co-Associate Deans Pacific, we believe that all Pasifika students deserve to enjoy educational success while being strong in their Pasifika identity. We also have committed Pasifika staff who understand the realities of life and the responsibilities we have to our families and are willing to work with you to achieve the goals you set.

We hope that your time with us is enjoyable, inspiring, and rewarding.

- Dr Maria Cooper and Dr Jacinta Oldehaver