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 each member to attend.

2019 Executive Committee

President Kristoffer Lavasi’i
Vice President Jephtah Coe
Secretary Jephtah Coe*
Treasurer Malaki Toleafoa
Academic Officer Michael Chase
Events Officer Teuila Nosa
General member Siutu Toa

*As per PLSA Constitution, Secretary had to fill in for Vice-President’s role after resignation and the team has moved to allow both positions be held for the remaining year.

PLSA Meet and Greet 2019

This event is open to all PLSA students of all levels. It provides a chance to mingle with fellow PLSA members and the Executive Committee. It is a good way to start your networking and meeting new people whilst enjoying food in the sun.

PLSA Academic Workshops

We will run a few 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 and Advisor will be assisting with.

PLSA Catch-up Fono

This is a one hour study drop-in session and another hour of a range of fun activities. This Catch-Up fono is PLSA’s way to engage with students socially and keep up to date with your journey through studies.

Practical Law Night

Key speakers are invited to talk about their experiences in the workplace and give tips to our students. The inaugural Practical Law night was held in September 2015 where we had lawyers from the Public Defence Services, returning clerks from Chapman Tripp and a partner from Tompkins Wake all present at the event.

Vaka Pasifica Moot 2019

This will be the second year that we’ve hosted the Vaka Pasifika Moot after a successful inauguration. This year will be delivering a Moot competition focusing on Pacific legal issues which will explore not only the legal systems back in the islands, but prepare cultural understanding and engagement of customary law. More details to follow.

End of Year Dinner

This event provides the opportunity to recognise the achievements of students as they embark on the next phase of their career path. Family celebrations are important and the fabric of PLSA is based on the concept of family. Key note speakers are invited to instill some wisdom. The event is open to all PLSA students with the intention to provide our first year students with something to work towards and look forward to.

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions for the PLSA exec: email us at

Or send a message to our PLSA Facebook Group