Pacific staff awarded

14 February 2018
Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia
Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia

The work of the Faculty of Education and Social Work’s Pacific staff has been boosted with the awarding of three national Ako Aotearoa Pacific Professional Development Fund scholarships for professional learning.

The 2018 scholarships have gone to: Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, Lecturer, Counselling, Human Services and Social Work; Jacoba Matapo, Lecturer, Critical Studies in Education; and Tim Baice, Pasifika Success Coordinator.

Launched last year, the fund is designed to support the development of Pacific tertiary staff into leadership positions and to enhance their ability to support Pacific learner success. Seven scholarships were awarded nationally, with the University of Auckland staff netting three of them.

Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia is “humbled, grateful and excited” by the award and plans to use it to develop her skills to further her work focusing on the empowerment of Pacific women and young people, specifically in the area of sexual and mental health.

Tim Baice
Tim Baice

She looks forward to working with international social work experts and sharing her findings from her Pacific research at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development in Ireland later this year.

“Thrilled” is how Jacoba Matapo greeted the news of the scholarship. She intends to present her work on reimagining Pasifika leadership in higher education at several indigenous education conferences, as well as collaborating with indigenous Pacific leaders to strengthen Pasifika education research.

Tim Baice says he was honoured to have been chosen for the award and was thankful for the support of staff and management. He would like to use the award to pursue a formal qualification in Education, having already completed a Master of Development Studies, and to extend his development work in the Pacific to focus on education for sustainable development.

The Associate Dean Pasifika, Dr Rae Si’ilata, is delighted that three staff members have been granted the awards. “They are already making significant contributions in their respective fields of Social Work, Early Childhood Education leadership and Pasifika Student Support. These scholarships will enable our colleagues to engage in professional learning that strengthens their own capability, as well as building the collective expertise of Pasifika within the academy.”

Jacoba Matapo
Jacoba Matapo

Dr Si’ilata, along with Meripa Toso, were inaugural recipients of the scholarships last year. The scholarship enabled Dr Si’ilata to attend the World Indigenous People’s Conference in Education in Toronto and to look at systemic change for Pasifika at the tertiary level, while Meripa Toso developed her work in early childhood education in Samoa and presented at a Shanghai conference.