Pacific Student Support

Pacific Students

Tēnā koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Talofa ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Mauri, Talofa koutou katoa, Halo Olaketa, Noa’ia.

Whitireia and WelTec | Te Pūkenga are committed to supporting Pacific ākonga and their academic success. Pacific ākonga are a vital part of community life at Whitireia and WelTec | Te Pūkenga. We have programmes, networks and a strong Pacific team who work across our Porirua, Petone and Wellington campuses to help you succeed. 


Our dedicated Pacific team are here to support and help you throughout your learning journey. We host cultural and hauora activities with a mix of ‘in person’ and ‘online’ events to connect ākonga (students) and kaimahi (staff). 

Academic/Engagement Advisors - Pacific

Our Pacific advisors Windy Sione, Tuga Mativa, Leisha Williams and Temehari Laumemea promote Pacific success by providing Pacific ākonga across our three campus’ with study support, advocacy and pastoral care throughout their learning journey. Tuaine Robati, Senior Academic Advisor, supports akonga at Porirua and onsite in Rarotonga.  The Team also support tutors with their engagement of Pacific ākonga. 

Get in touch

Tuaine Robati

Location: Whitireia Campus and USP Rarotonga Campus


Windy Sione 

Location: Petone Campus, Pacific Centre at Ground Floor of Tower Block


Phone: 021 446 705 

Tuga Mativa 

Location: Petone and Wellington Campuses 


Phone: 0272318629 

Leisha Williams 

Location: Whitireia Campus, Room A065


Phone: 027 403 8996

Temehari Laumemea Tauga

Location: Whitireia Campus, Room A065


Phone: 027 225 1585

Health and Wellbeing Support - Pacific

Wai Ora is a primary mental health and hauora service for Pacific students. Wai Ora supports the wellbeing of students and is dedicated to equipping students with the tools needed to take care of their hauora. Individual or group sessions are welcome. Wai Ora is available through the week across campus.

  • Petone Campus, Pasifika Centre, Monday and Tuesday: 9am - 2pm
  • Te Auaha Campus, Level 2, Monday and Tuesday: 10am - 2pm
  • Whitireia Campus, Ako Ake, Thursday and Friday: 9am - 2pm

Tangimoana TeMoananui

Location: All campuses


Phone: 027 216 2038


Wai ora services is now joined by pacific counsellors Rose Nimarota, Alapua Poasa, and Jahaziel Natanielu. Connect with the team below.

Rose Nimarota Monday

Porirua Campus, A Block behind Ako Ake


Alapua Poasa Tuesday Te Kahui Auaha Campus, Room 2.03


Jahaziel Natanielu Thursday Petone Campus, Learning Commons in L2 of Tower Block, Meeting Room 1


Ākonga Spaces

We have dedicated spaces for Pacific ākonga in Petone and Porirua. You will find a friendly and welcoming place to study, socialise or get advice and support. Come visit us. 


Ako Ake 

Location: Te Kete Wananga Foyer, A102, Porirua Campus

Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am-6pm. Weekends 7am-6pm


Pasifika Centre  

Location: Student Hub, Ground Floor of Tower Block, Petone Campus

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. After hours by appointment. 


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