Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Talofa, Aloha, Fakatalofa Atu, Malo ni, Kam na mauri, Halo olgeta, and Warn Pacific Greetings

What do we do?

The Pacific Law Students Association (PLSA) is a student body made up of currently enrolled law students in both the Hamilton and Tauranga campus with diverse pacific island heritage. At the University of Waikato, our executive team is elected by those that make up this particular student body.

We operate with the aim of providing a strong support network for our students with the hope that it will continue long after tertiary study. We recognize the value in our cultural heritage and work together in order to promote unity, encourage motivation and inspiration for each other during our course of study.

There are events held throughout the year, both academic and social, that PLSA encourages all our members to attend.

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions of COVID-19 we have had to reduce the number of events we can provide, but hope to achieve as much as is possible to support our students in the upcoming trimester B.

2020 Executive

PresidentMalaki Toleafoa*
Vice President Malaki Toleafoa
SecretarySiutu Toa
TreasurerTimothy Ligaliga
Academic Officer Alfin Milo Moke
Events OfficerMaima Aiono
General memberPenina Afemui & Tienira Tekinene

*As per the PLSA Constitution the Vice-President must fill in for the President’s role after their resignation until re-election may occur in an SGM, postponed to trimester B due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PLSA Meet and Greet 2020

Open to all PLSA students of all levels. It provides a chance to mingle with fellow PLSA members and the Executive. A good way to start student networking and meeting fellow PLSA members.

PLSA Academic Workshops

We have some mentors that will provide workshops for our 1st and 2nd years as well as a few one-off workshops to help with different assignments. It’s also an opportunity to help with exam prep as well as practical assessments like the end of year moots. There will be support for 3rd and 4th years which our Pacific Mentor will be assisting with.

Vaka Pasifica Moot 2020

This will be the third year that we’ve hosted the Vaka Pasifika Moot, which will be held in B trimester. This Moot competition focusses on Pacific legal issues, which have included topics such as customary law and land law. More details for this event will be provided on our Facebook page PLSA - Waikato Pacific Law Students Association closer to the event date.

End of Year Dinner

This event provides the opportunity to recognize the achievements of students as they embark on the next phase of their career path. We will also hear from pacific people in the legal professions and how their struggles mirror our own. The end of year dinner is also where the new PLSA executive for 2021 will be announced and the dinner will be open to all PLSA students, their families and supporters of PLSA.

Mission statement

PLSA aims to provide a foundation of excellence for Pacific law students at the University of Waikato and to unite, support and celebrate the study of law by Pacific students; to establish bonds and networks with a range of staff and other students and promote and profile students' achievements and successes.

PLSA Membership according to the PLSA constition

For the purposes of this Constitution, a “member” means and is restricted to any student of Pacific ethnicity currently enrolled at Te Piringa Faculty of Law of the University of Waikato whether they are based in Hamilton or Tauranga.

Contact us

If you wish to get in touch with the PLSA executive, email us at [email protected]

Or send a message to our social media accounts:

Facebook: PLSA - Waikato Pacific Law Students Association

Instagram: plsawaikato