Pacific at Waikato
Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula Vinaka,
Namaste, Talohi Ni, Halo ola keta, Mauri.
Being part of the University of Waikato community is about developing a set of skills that will equip you for a career and about making great memories and life-long friendships.
At the University of Waikato, we offer a diverse and supportive network of student services that you can access as a Pacific student. We are committed to providing and enhancing Pacific student success here at Waikato. But it's not all about classroom learning – we also want you to have an enjoyable time in a supportive environment where you can learn and participate in cultural activities and meet the rest of our Waikato Pacific family!
The Conch – Pacific Space
Student Centre, Level Zero, Room 0.03 (right next door to Pita Pit)
The Conch is a dedicated space to enhance the educational aspirations of Pacific students while supporting their cultural uniqueness. This space is easily located on Level 0 of the Student Centre.
Naming our Pacific Space “The Conch” was inspired by the Pan Pacific use and representation of the conch shell. Sounding the Conch in both a customary and modern Pacific setting symbolises unity – to summon the people to gather at a common place. A conch is used to commemorate the beginning of a special ceremony. At our University, we have used incorporated The Conch to celebrate the beginning of a new era for Pacific at Waikato through the establishment of this dedicated Pacific space.
The Conch is open from 9am – 5pm during the weekday for all Pacific students to use for academic and social purposes. The Conch is home to Talanoa, Friday Fono, Cultural club fonos/meetings, academic and cultural workshops seminars and individual or group study sessions and cultural practices.
The Conch embodies the University’s commitment to build and enhance the Pacific dimensions of our special character for both domestic and international Pacific students. We hope the space will enable our Pacific learners to feel a larger sense of connectedness to the University campus.
To enquire about booking the space for any of the above purposes please contact our Pacific Student Success Coordinator.