Pacific Tertiary Education Forum 2017
Date: 28 – 29 September 2017
Venue: Pasifika Community Centre, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland.
The Association of Pacific Staff in Tertiary Education (APSTE) and Ako Aotearoa were proud to jointly host the third New Zealand Pacific Tertiary Education Forum.
The forum provided an open environment for sharing sector wide approaches to shaping the practices, systems, and policies of those who have a stake and interest in this dimension of tertiary education.
The learner-centered programme was based around three stages of a Pacific learner's journey through tertiary education, grouped under the following themes:
- Supporting learners to shape and start their educational pathways
What can we do to support Pacific learners to shape their education pathway?
- Supporting learners in their educational pathways
What do we do well to respond to Pacific learners? What could we do better?
- The outcomes from educational pathways
How will we know or system is working for Pacific learners?
This year, for the first time, we introduced three Talanoa sessions to enable delegates to discuss and debate key issues relating to each of the three themes.
The distinguished keynote speakers who addressed the fono were:
|Associate Professor Kabini Sanga
Faculty of Education,
Victoria University of Wellington
Tertiary Education Commission
Other guest presenters included:
Patricia Quensell – Otago Polytechnic • Sam Pilisi – Auckland University of Technology • Dr Stuart Middleton – Manukau Institute of Technology • Toe Pune – MIT Tertiary High School • Dr Rae Si'ilata – University of Auckland • Pauline Luafutu-Simpson – University of Canterbury • Howard Jamieson – Ara Institute of Canterbury (also chair of APSTE) • Lisale Falema'a – Tertiary Education Commission • Rachel Skudder – BEST Pacific Institute of Education • Ashalyna Noa - University of Cantebury • Fiona Kingsford - Competenz • Rhys Faleafa - Tupu Toa • Dave Dixon - Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning, Ara Institute of Cantebury • William Ulugia - Tertiary Education Commission • John West - Ara Institute of Canterbury • Caroline Harris - ServiceIQ • Ifi Ripley - Careerforce • Stuart Cambridge - Tertiary Education Commission. With more to come.
Hearing the learner voice was an important part of our strategic forums and the programme included a range of Pacific learners speaking over the two days about their journey through tertiary education.
Another highlight was the launch of a recently-completed Ako Aotearoa co-funded project, Pacific success in workplace settings, on the afternoon of day one.
The project involved a consortium of ITOs- ServiceIQ, The Skills Organisation, Careerforce, Competenz, and Pacific Perspectives Limited, undertaking research into the links between interventions and retention, completion and higher achievement for Pacific learners in workplace settings.
A taster of our popular Pasifika Wave workshop was presented on Day two.
|Download the Programme|
Day one presentations:
- Andrew Leota presentation
- Howard Jamieson presentation
- Melvina Browne presentation
- Patricia Quensell presentation
- Sam Pilisi presentation
- Toe Pune presentation
Day two presentations:
The 2017 forum was held at the Pasifika Community Centre, Manukau Institute of Technology North Campus, Gate 12, Otara Road
Further information on Pasifika Community Centre is available on the Manukau Institute of Technology website