Māori and Pasifika students

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Namaste, Talofa ni, Halo ola keta, Mauri!

Courses on Māori and Pasifika subjects

  • PERF 151: Māori Music Performance
  • PERF 251: Pasifika Performance 1
  • PERF 351: Pasifika Performance 2
  • MUSC 251: Perspectives on Music and Dance of Oceania
  • MUSC 351: Studies in Music and Dance of Oceania
  • MUSC 353: Topic in Music of the Pacific Islands
  • NZSM 458: Topic in Music of the Pacific Islands

Pasifika Girls Dancing
You can see images from some of the 2012 performances associated with these courses on the NZSM facebook pages.

Māori Student Support

Our institution of enrolment, Victoria University of Wellington, provides considerable information on Māori student support on its website. You will also find information on the Māori Student Association, Ngāi Tauira, which has a full executive consisting of eleven students who work and advocate for tauira Māori issues. Being active with both political and social activities Ngāi Tauira aims to serve Māori students and to make their time at University as successful as possible.

Pasifika Music Coordinator

Matatumua Opeloge Ah Sam is the new NZSM Pasifika Music Coordinator teaching both PERF 251 (introductory performance study Pasifika Performance 1) and PERF 351 (advanced practical and theoretical performance study Pasifika Performance 2).

Opeloge (along with other members of NZSM staff) can also provide support and advice to all Pasifika music students at NZSM whether it be course related or personal situations that may relate or affect the student's ability to complete any course requirements. Pasifika students at NZSM have regular lunch get togethers and other activities as a way of relaxing, providing support, and sharing each other's experiences in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Pasifika and Māori Students Families/Whanau Evening

NZSM has also signalled its support to Pasifika students with the beginning of an annual Pasifika and Māori students, staff, and families evening where it is hoped that a more connected and collective effort on both sides will lead to further supporting the success and achievement of Pasifika and Māori students at NZSM in the future.

NZSM Pasifika students performa at Massey University