“There is no greater calling than to serve our Pasifika students, families and communities, it’s a fundamental part of our culture.” - (Le Va, 2012)
Located in the heart of the largest Pacific population in New Zealand, Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) is committed to the current and future success of Pasifika students by playing a significant role in the development and advancement of our Pasifika communities.
MIT is home to nearly 6,000 Pasifika students and has had thousands of Pasifika graduates over the years.
Pasifika Development Office
The Pasifika Development Office (PDO) is here to support Pasifika students, promote language and other programmes and workshops, assist with clubs and activities, and also act as the hub for Pasifika research, and community engagement.
The PDO is based in MIT’s Pasifika Community Centre which is designed to be a gathering place for all Pasifika communities in Auckland and a prominent community facility.
We will help you succeed
MIT is all about community and people coming together to help each other succeed to the best of their ability. Here at the Pasifika Development Office (PDO) we do this by being a home away from home and a central hub of all things Pasifika. As well as the events and workshops we run, our staff can help you navigate your education journey by pointing you in the direction of other MIT services and organisations like:
- The Ask Me! student services team
- Pasifika language programmes
- Clubs and associations
- Funding and government and community initiatives.
At MIT we are committed to strengthening the academic quality of our Pasifika research.
This means that we have researchers who lecture in programmes that help to advance Pasifika thought leadership.
Find out what research projects our Pasifika researchers and researchers 'with Pasifika hearts' have been working on.
MIT offers a variety of programmes to suit your learning needs.
Whether you would like to upskill, learn a new trade or pursue postgraduate studies, we have what you’re looking for.
We think locally and act globally, because as Pasifika people we call many places home, with influences extending from our ancestral islands to the suburbs, cities and countries all over the world that we are a part of.
Local community engagement ensures that MIT is closely linked to the heart of our community, particularly with thriving Ōtara.
International opportunities to connect with our Pacific neighbours mean partnerships for training.
We run face-to-face and online workshops focused on accelerating engagement with Pacific peoples. Some of the content covered in the workshops includes developing and implementing your school / organisational Pasifika strategic plan.
Foster and improve your Pasifika cultural intelligence with Pacific communities by learning how to empower and engage your Pasifika staff and client base.