APSTE and Ako Aotearoa are proud to present the 2018 Pacific Tertiary Education Forum (PTEF), a fono for tertiary practitioners and stakeholders to talanoa (discuss) and create solutions to increase the successful outcomes of Pasifika in Aotearoa. 

Thursday 06 September & Friday 07 September 2018

The PTEF provides a platform for the voices of Pacific learners, teachers, support staff and tertiary leaders to be heard in one place – working together with agency stakeholders and others towards a collective approach for Pacific learner success. Participants will share in discussion and debate around what it means to be part of today’s rapidly changing tertiary education environment. The theme ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world‘ will be examined through a uniquely Pacific perspective, drawing on the experiences of a broad cross-section from the tertiary sector.

Read more about the THEMES here.

We believe that by continually building cultural awareness and capabilities in our tertiary providers, the sector will lead the way to better lives for Pacific peoples. By 2026 around 10% of New Zealand’s population will be Pacific peoples, so making positive and enduring impacts now will enhance the productivity of the entire nation.

We are delighted to announce that Associate Professor Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University of Wellington is a confirmed keynote speaker. More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Call for presentations

The organising committee are calling for a mix of oral, panel, poster and workshop presentations. We invite you to join this vaka / waka and be part of the exciting journey towards greater educational success. Please consider submitting your presentation today.

The submission process is online and available here.


Registration is an easy online process. Fees are $150+GST & Booking fee (student) or $200+GST & Booking fee (regular). There are some learner sponsored places available and students are able to register their interest for one of these via the online registration. Register today! We really hope to see you there.


Key dates

Registration open: 4 May 2018
Call for presentations open: 21 May 2018
Call for presentations close: 22 June 2018
Registrations close: 24 August 2018