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A gallery of various events and projects the Office of Pacific Advancement supports and sponsors.


Tokelau Language Week 2017

24 October, 2017

Mālo ni! As New Zealand's final Pacific language week, we are focussing on an issue of great importance throughout the Pacific and world: Climate Action.

Every country in the world feels the effects of climate change. What does climate change mean to you? How can we raise awareness for an issue that affects us all?

Niue Language Week 2017

15 October, 2017

Fakalofa lahi atu! To honour Vagahau Niue, our staff and students speak their language - some for the first time - to discuss United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth.

WATCH: Niue Language Week: Eye on SDG 8 

Fiji Language Week 2017

08 October, 2017

Bula Vinaka! We honour Fijian Language week by discussing an important issue in our Pacific Islands and here in NZ: Poverty.

Watch as our Fijian staff and students discuss United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty.

WATCH: Fiji Language Week 2017: Eye on SDG 1 

Tuvalu Language Week 2017

01 October, 2017

Tālofa! Why should renewable energy be our future? Tuvalu is leading the way for other nations to follow by working towards getting 100% of their electricity from renewable sources. In light of Tuvalu Language Week, our students are creating awareness for United Nations' Sustainable Development Gaol 7: Affordable & Clean Energy.

WATCH: Tokelau Language Week 2017: Eye on SDG 7

Happy Māori Language Week 2017!

11 September, 2017

"Language is strength. Speaking New Zealand's mother tongue is important because of its ties to our history, culture and heritage.

"Performing in te reo was special as the song is about us all being born of greatness and the inherent potential we all have. Our unique identities and cultures are synonymous with this potential."

- Samuel J Verlinden, soloist alongside Arizona Leger and Kahu Martin for AUT Oceanian Voices, performing "He Kakano Ahau (Born of greatness)" composed by Hohepa Tamehana 🎼

WATCH: "He Kakano Ahau (Born of greatness)" - Oceanian Voices

Tongan Language Week 2017

03 September, 2017

Malo e lelei! At AUT, we believe everyone has the right to access education, no matter your circumstance. Hear our students and staff talk about United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities, in light of Tongan language week.


AUT Early Academic Programme

28 August, 2017

Here at AUT, we Walk the Talk.

In order to grow the number of Pacific academics working at universities here in New Zealand, we are prepared to do more than just put words in a “strategy.” We are taking deliberate action by implementing a unique programme that has already appointed 7 exciting Pacific Early Career academics across a range of disciplines.

WATCH: Pacific lecturers talk about the AUT Early Academic Career Programme.

Oceanian Voices - Winter Graduation 2017

19 August, 2017

Viellani and Punialavaa Lale Peteru both graduated with a Bachelor of Business from AUT before performing as soloists with the Oceanian Voices choir at AUT’s winter graduation, singing "We Know the Way," alongside soloist Faava Tuigamala singing "How Far I'll Go" written by Opetaia Foa’i (Te Vaka), Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

WATCH: Oceanian Voices - Moana Medley

Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani!

30 July, 2017

Cook Islands language week was celebrated from Sunday 30 July - Saturday 5 August 2017. As with last year, we maintained our focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to celebrate our young Pacific leaders excelling in different fields in our community. For Cook Islands language week, we focused on SDG 14: Life Below Water.

Ka 'akapē'ea tātou e ‘akapapapapa kia tau mako tikāi te moana nō te au ꞌuke e āru mai? / What can we do today to prepare for the future sustainability of our ocean?

AUT student trip to UN Conference & Pacific Mission

07 July, 2017

Watch as Antony Vavia, AUT Bachelor of Science (Honours) student and Oceanian Leadership Network Navigator, travels to New York to attend the first United Nations Ocean Conference after being selected by the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute.

Days later, he boarded a Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing with Prime Minister Bill English to join the Pacific Mission – a delegation of New Zealand’s Pacific community leaders, iwi and business representatives that travelled to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga.

WATCHAntony Vavia -  Ocean Conference & Pacific Mission

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa / Samoan Language Week 2017

29 May, 2017

Samoan language week was celebrated from Sunday 28 May - Saturday 3 June 2017. As with last year, we maintained our focus on the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development to celebrate our young Pacific leaders excelling in different fields in our community. For Samoan language week, we focused on SDG 9: Industry, Infrastructure & Innovation.

How does our Samoan youth use innovation in their everyday lives, and how does this set them up for their future?

WATCHSamoan Language Week 2017: Eye on SDG 9

Oceanian Voices - MH Building Opening

24 March, 2017

AUT’s Oceanian Voices choir sang at the official opening of the Mana Hauora (Power of Wellbeing) Building at AUT South Campus in Manukau.
E kore au e ngaro, he kākano I ruia mai I Rangiātea (I shall never be lost, a seed scattered from Rangiātea)

Oceanian Leadership Network

10 April, 2017

This year, the Office of Pacific Advancement launched the Oceanian Leadership network for all AUT students to be a part of. The network offers academic support and mentorship, and also offers leadership opportunities and personal growth. Here are some photos of the three welcome events we held on each of the three campuses.



Tokelau language week 2016

23 October, 2016

We celebrated Tokelau language week from Sunday 23 - Saturday 29 October 2016. For Tokelau language week, we are talking about Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, which is a problem in Tokelau due to the ever-increasing risk of drought, brought on by climate change.

WATCHMalo ni! Happy Tokelau Language Week 2016!

Niue language week 2016 

16 October, 2016

This year, we celebrate Niuean language week from Sunday 16 October - Saturday 22 October. The theme for this year’s Niuean Language Week is ‘Ponataki, Tukutaula ke Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue’, which translates into ‘Bind, Anchor to Firmly Uphold the Vagahau Niue’. For Niuean language week, we are talking about  SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, and in particular, looking how youth are important in this partnership. 

WATCHHappy Niue language week 2016!

Fiji language week 2016

2 October, 2016

This year, Fijian language week is celebrated from 2 - 8 October with the theme Noqu vosa, me’u bula taka – My language, learn it, speak it, live it! Here at AUT, we are using this week to talk and discuss the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing.

WATCHHappy Fiji language week 2016!

Tuvalu language week 2016

26 September, 2016

Tuvalu language week was celebrated this year from 25 September - 1 October, and was a chance to celebrate all things Tuvaluan. This year we linked Tuvalu language week with United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action. This is to generate discussions and to raise awareness of these issues in relation to our Pacific neighbours.

WATCHHappy Tuvalu language week 2016! 

AUT Science Challenge 

12 August, 2016

This is an initiative that brings AUT mentors and South Auckland primary school students together, in the name of science.

Science Challenge is about bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects to primary schools and making it fun and accessible to the students. 

AUT mentors bring various scientific methods and projects to primary schools around South Auckland, where they could spend two hours looking for dust mites in the carpet, using microscopes, learning facts and presenting their findings in song, dance, speech or theatrical performance.


Tongan language week 2016

29 August, 2016

For Tongan Language Week, 4-10 September, we invited students to share their thoughts on United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 4: 'Quality Education'. Students discussed 'Quality Education' – the goal being to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

WATCHAUT Tongan language week 

Our Southern Voices choir

29 July, 2016

More than 100 students from AUT South Campus performed as 'Southern Voices' at the university’s winter graduation ceremonies, held at the Aotea Centre.


Cook Islands Language Week

1 August, 2016

Cook Islands Language Week ran from 31 July to 6 August. See AUT's short video that focuses on the sustainable development goal ‘Life Below Water’, which champions conservation and the sustainable use of our seas, oceans and marine resources.

WATCHSustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below the Sea

AUT MFAT NZ Aid Scholarship Completion Celebration

28 June, 2016

AUT hosts a large number of scholars under the NZAID programme. This celebration was a chance to acknowledge scholars' achievements while on scholarship here at AUT with the NZ Pacific Scholarship Academic Achievement Award, the announcement of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation NZ Undergraduate Student Summer Internships, as well as acknowledging the completion of NZ Aid Scholarships from around the Pacific and South East Asia. 


Taonga Gift

15 June, 2016

This ‪‎original artwork‬ by Professor Welby Ings contains a single Karaka (Kakala’uli) seed encased in multiple layers to represent the different spheres of knowledge we bring with us into the world.

WATCHTaonga Gift Video

Samoan Language Week

29 May, 2016

AUT supports the Ministry for Pacific Peoples Pacific Language Weeks - and we’re using it as a launch pad to talk about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This week is Samoan Language Week. We discuss decent, profitable work and economic growth, and how our young Samoan leaders can help achieve this by 2030.

WATCHEye on SDG8: Decent work and economic growth

‘Into the Unknown' - by Dr Welby Ings 

19 January, 2016

Professor Welby Ings speaks to the 2016 UniPrep cohort at the AUT South Campus on bringing out those qualities inside you that will enable you to make it at university.

WATCH‘Into the Unknown' - Keynote by Welby Ings at AUT UniPrep 2016

Last updated: 26-Oct-2017 11.35am

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