The vision for Pacific @ Massey is that, "Massey University will be the centre of excellence for enabling Pacific success in tertiary education, research, and social and economic transformation".
"Empowering Pacific students and communities to achieve their social and economic aspirations, through excellence in education, research, and leadership".
Creation of the Pacific @ Massey strategy
In 2006, top-ranked Tongan medical doctor and academic Professor, Sitaleki Finau, was appointed the Director Pasifika at Massey University, becoming the first to hold this role in a New Zealand university.
Massey led the way when we introduced the “Pasifika@Massey Strategy 2006–2009: En route to Cultural Democracy”. This strategy identified the needs of Pacific communities, and what we could do to respond to those needs.
Our conscious journey to recognise the needs of Pacific communities continued in 2013 when the “Growing Pearls of Wisdom: Pasifika@Massey Strategy” was introduced.
This gave us a strategic framework to support the educational aspirations and economic needs of Pacific communities, and identified what this could look like.
In 2020, a review of the Pasifika@Massey Strategy 2020 took place under the leadership of the new Massey Dean Pacific, Professor Palatasa Havea (Tasa) ONZM, and the team at Pacific Student Success.
There are five key strategy goals as follows:
- Academic student achievement
- Research and Policy
- Organisational capacity and capability
- Pacific curriculum development
For more information about the latest strategy, download the Pasifika@Massey Strategy 2020 publication.
Key Pacific values
Our values are the guiding principles that underpin our strategy and they identify what is inherently important in all aspects of the strategy.
These strongly held principles characterise Pacific people and communities, and are demonstrated in their customs, practices, and ways of being:
Connecting with our Pacific communities
Massey is a leader in recognising the importance of Pacific communities and we have a strong history of focusing on our Pacific students and their needs.
Overall Pacific learners at Massey reflect the following patterns:
- just over half of Pacific students are aged over 25
- almost half of Pacific students study by distance
- 40 per cent of Pacific students study part-time, to fit it in with work and family life.
Driven by our “Massey University Strategy 2018–2022”, we developed a Pacific Learner Success Plan after working with students to find out what they needed in order to succeed. Developing an ecosystem that fosters support and success along every step of the educational pathway has been key.
Each Massey University campus – Auckland, Wellington and Manawatū (in Palmerston North) – now hosts a space that Pacific students can use, and well as easy access to academic and pastoral support.
We also hold annual celebrations for Pacific graduates, to acknowledge and celebrate their success alongside their families. We have increased collaboration with the Pacific community through events like:
- orientation and open days
- community PolyFests
- Pasifika Fusion.
Pacific Research and Policy Centre
The Pacific Research and Policy Centre provides a way to increase Massey University’s research on key Pacific issues and communities, within New Zealand and in the Pacific.
We bring together a wide range of disciplines and research areas, assist with ethical and cultural requirements for research in the Pacific. We also bring Pacific-related work of Massey researchers together.
To learn more about the Pacific Research and Policy Centre, find recent publications and theses, or contact details, go to the centre’s webpages.
Narrative for the Pacific @ Massey logo
Our logo captures the essence of what Pacific @ Massey stands for.
The use of the 3 waves represents each Pacific region: Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. The waves relate to the Pacific Ocean which shows our strong and intimate connections as Pacific people to each other, the environment, our ancestors, our families, community and our stories.
The weave design, layered on the first wave, is made up of individual strands which represents our diverse yet unique cultures. When these strands are woven together, they signify beauty, unity, strength and resilience.
Pacific @ Massey comprises of a diverse team of staff with different knowledges and experiences that work collaboratively with others to provide quality academic and pastoral support and services that are interconnected, to enhance our Pacific students’ engagement and success.
Underpinned by our values, and our service philosophy, the range of services we offer will help mould and shape our students into knowledgeable, confident and beautiful future leaders that are committed to make a difference in their respective vocations and inspire others in their families and communities to follow in their steps to higher education.
There are three Pacific student associations on each campus and one Massey Pacific University association that you can join.
Learn how to apply and enrol, what support is available and meet the student recruitment advisors.