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'Atia'e Su'esu'ega Faale-A'oa'oga mo Pasefika
University of Waikato

Date Posted Aug. 5, 2022
Title 'Atia'e Su'esu'ega Faale-A'oa'oga mo Pasefika
University University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand
Department Pacific Strategic Plan
Application Deadline Sep. 2, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Faculty Associate
  • Humanities - General
    Ethnic/Multicultural Studies

Ko wai mātou? - Who are we?

Our Pacific theme at Waikato isimua. For many of us with roots in the Pacific,imuaor words like it are familiar to us. In te reo Māori, i mua atumeans "before." In Samoa, muamua means "to advance," and also "before" and "unprecedented." In Tonga, laka atu ki muʻameans "go forward."

At the University of Waikato, our ongoing purpose is to imua - that is, to go forward and lead from the front in terms of Pacific learner, staff, family and community success. Join us to contribute to strategic initiatives designed to do this.

We also believe that Pacific learner and staff success is closely connected to the wider success of our local, regional, national and international Pacific communities. This is why we work regularly with Pacific community organisations, government agencies, churches, businesses and other stakeholders to deliver better outcomes for Pacific communities.

Ngā kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

This is a new role reporting to the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pacific and is a strategic initiative of the 2021-2025 Pacific Strategic Plan.

The name has been gifted by our Samoan community and refers to the growing or nurturing of our Pacific research space. The aim of this position is to grow Pacific research, researchers and research excellence, support Pacific learners and researchers to develop their knowledge, skills and experience, and enhance wider Pacific success through quality research.

This role will also have responsibility for developing and driving the success of the Pacific Research and Innovation Hub. The successful candidate will be able to identify and facilitate new funding opportunities, manage projects and support relationships on ongoing projects and with external stakeholders and key funders, and prepare research applications.

Ko wai koe? - Who are you?

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, or be in the final stages of completion, and have broad and in-depth knowledge of Pacific research, including Pacific identities, perspectives and cultural knowledge, and you will have connections with Pacific communities and organisations that you can draw on to grow Pacific research, researchers and research excellence initiatives.

You will be passionate about sharing your Pacific cultural knowledge with staff and students to support them to be successful in their research journeys. You will have excellent interpersonal skills with the aptitude to mentor and supervise higher degree research students.

For more information on Pacific at Waikato please visit:

We would greatly value seeing applicants from our Māori and Pacific communities, with the relevant capabilities. Anyone applying from overseas should be aware of immigration guidelines which can be found here:

He aha ngā take me tono mai ai koe? - Why should you apply for this position?

Our University provides a unique and attractive work environment with many benefits to our staff including generous leave provisions, subsidised parking and the ability to study.

The salary range is NZ$80,837 to $97,051 per year and will be commensurate with the level of appointment.

Enquiries should be directed to Dr Keaka Hemi, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pacific, email:

Closing date: Friday, 2 September 2022.

To view the position description, please click here

Vacancy Number: 420275

For further information and to apply online, please click here

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