Tu’utu’u le upega ile loloto

Cast the net into deeper waters

Links to useful websites for supporting Pasifika learners

Talanoa Ako

Talanoa Ako is a 10 week Pacific parent education programme that aims to equip and empower parents, families and communities with skills, knowledge and confidence they need to champion their children’s education.


Tapasā is a tool designed to help improve the way teachers and leaders engage with Pacific learners, and to an extent parents, families and their communities, to make the biggest difference in a child’s educational success.

Pasifika Education Plan 2013–2017

The education system must work for Pasifika so they gain the knowledge and skills necessary to do well for themselves, their communities, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific region, and the world.


Research and reports that investigate the experiences of Pasifika students in New Zealand schools.

Pacific Trust Otago

PTO is a charitable organisation supporting the Otago Pacific community

Pacific Trust Otago (PTO) was formed in 1999 and in 2003, was registered as an incorporated society. The primary focus of the Trust is to engage with and support activities to improve the well-being of Pacific people.

PTO promotes services to Pacific people to access health, education and social services.

Pasefika Proud

The Pasefika Proud Campaign addresses violence in Pacific families by using clear, consistent messaging around building strong families, preventing and addressing violence designed, delivered and led by Pacific peoples.

It is acknowledged that Pacific cultures are a strength that can be used positively to prevent violence within families, and that Pacific communities must take responsibility for the issues they are facing, find the solutions and take leadership in implementing them.

The Pasifika Dual Language Resources

These are a set of print and online resources to help new entrant and early years Pasifika children transition to English medium schools. The resources are designed to support the early language and literacy learning of Pasifika students in English-medium classrooms.

Otago Polyfest

The Otago Early Childhood and Schools Māori & Pacific Island Festival (Otago Polyfest) is a vibrant five-day celebration of Māori and Pasifika cultural performances held at the More FM Arena in Dunedin’s Edgar Centre.

The festival encourages participation and positive cross-cultural relationships. A key aim is to promote te reo Māori and other Pacific languages.

The festival began in 1993 as an afternoon of performances from a few Dunedin primary schools presenting kapa haka and Pasifika cultural items. Showcasing performances by thousands of Otago tamariki and rangatahi, it’s now a significant cultural event for Otago schools and families.