Our Griffith community comprises a number of Pacific Island and Maori members, and we have a range of initiatives for our prospective and current Pasifika students.
Standing for Legacy, Education, Achievement, Dream, our LEAD program is delivered to students in Years 10 to 12 in Uni-Reach schools with large numbers of Maori and Pasifika students.
LEAD program highlights
If you are a Pacific Islander or Maori student, you may be eligible to join Uni-Key—a free program designed to help eligible first year students make a smooth transition to university.
Griffith Pasifika Association
A cultural club that helps current Griffith students find balance in all aspects of their life, Griffith Pasifika Association is committed to promoting and enhancing the university experience of Pacific Island students at the University. The club also focuses on developing networks and relationships that promote and support future and current students, inclusive of all cultures with a focus on Pasifika. The club helps coordinate related activities on and off campus, including the annual Pasifika Cultural Graduation event.
- President: Sinaumea Taufao
- Vice President: Ofahiki Latu
- Secretary: Vaolele Kolio
- Associate Secretary: Sachi Crichton
- Treasurer: Amelia Lavaki
- Associate Treasurer: Petrine Tiseni
Griffith Pasifika Cultural Graduation
An annual affair, the Griffith Pasifika Cultural Graduation sees families, friends and community members come together to celebrate graduates' success. Many of the graduates are the first in their family to attend university. The acknowledgement of family support in a valedictory event is an important Pasifika cultural practice and an opportunity for celebration. English is likely to be a second or third language, making graduates’ achievements even more significant.