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Massey Magazine Issue 13 November 2002

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Some of the Pacific staff who attended the first Massey University Pacific staff and students fono (conference) recently held at the Palmerston campus.
Some of the Pacific staff who attended the first Massey University Pacific staff and students fono (conference) recently held at the Palmerston campus.

Pacifika links strengthened

A Pacific strategy for the University is one of the outcomes of a fono held by Pacific Island staff and students at Palmerston North recently.

The fono, or conference, was the first of its kind to be held at Massey and it is hoped it can become an annual event, says conference spokesperson and Albany campus Pule Pasifika development adviser, Sione Tu’itahi.

“The conference went very well. We achieved a lot over the two days. One of the outcomes was the formation of a Massey Pacific staff and student group, from which we elected an interim Pacific executive committee to manage the affairs of the group and implement some key strategy goals.

“We welcome the University’s initiative to produce a Massey Pacific strategy, and we will be working with Professor Marilyn Waring on that strategy. Another strategic goal of the group is to continue to explore partnership possibilities between the University and the community, to meet the needs of Pacific peoples in our communities. We are keen to see Pacific staff become a key part in the broader Pacific Island community across the country.”

He says it is hoped the first draft of a Pacific strategy for Massey, which is the University’s response to the Tertiary Education Commission’s (TEC) Strategy, will be drawn up by March to be presented to the office of the Vice-Chancellor.

Mr Tu’itahi says Ministry of Eduction Pacific chief adviser Pacific Lesieli Tongati’o, and Anna Pasikale, Pacific team manager, TEC, also addressed the fono.

“ We value the support from these organisations and it was good for us to hear the details of their Pacific strategies.

“We also appreciate the presence of the Vice-Chancellor and the University Registrar and other leading members of the University management who came to address the meeting to clarify matters for us, and not just on the Pacific strategy.”

The interim executive committee is chaired by Mr Tu’itahi. The secretary is Pi’ikea Clark, and treasurer is Teresa Koloi. Other executive members are Gaylene Tasmania, Sean Strickland, and student representative Naomi Patterson, all from the Albany campus; Tracie Mafile’o, Palmerston North; Sunia Foliaki, and Arina Tulitua, Wellington campus.

 
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