Pacific Academic Solutions and Success

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The PASS programme works collaboratively to provide supplementary academic solutions designed to enhance Pacific students' success at the University of Canterbury.

PASS offers additional academic tutoring for priority courses, academic skills workshops and weekly drop-in assignment help at key times of the year. It is offered for free to all domestic Pacific students at UC, with priority given to first-year students’ tutor requests.

Register online for PASS tutoring or drop into 37 Creyke Road to register in person. Once you are registered you are welcome to make contact with any of our tutors (see below tabs for tutors by surname and course code). If there is no tutor listed for your course please get in touch.


Terms of Use

  • All domestic Pacific students are eligible for a maximum of 30 hrs of supplementary tutoring for your courses throughout the year from the PASS programme.
  • To register for the programme you must apply online (you only need to do this once per year). If the tutor you require is not on the list, let Riki Welsh know and we will attempt to recruit an appropriate tutor. Please note that requesting a tutor does not guarantee we will find one, but we will try!
  • PASS Tutor sessions can be 1-2hrs in length and group sessions are preferred where there is more than one student requesting tutoring for a particular course (this is especially encouraged for Engineering students).
  • NZAid Pacific scholarship students have access to NZAid tutoring through the Student Care Team. Please ask us if you would like us to refer any of the tutors employed by PASS to your Student Support Advisor as a potential NZAid tutor.
  • Tutoring will only happen on campus or via phone or email. Where other arrangements are wanted, please check in with Riki Welsh Pacific Team Leader first.

How to use PASS Effectively

Firstly read the terms of use above. It is important to note that PASS is not an alternative to attending your lectures and tutorials; it should be used to supplement your learnings from lectures and tutorials. In addition, PASS tutorials are not designed for students to show up with no course materials or questions. To use PASS effectively, you should attempt the following as much as possible:

  1.  Attend all of your lectures and tutorials. Take notes, and highlight parts you do not understand or find difficult.
  2. Do all required readings, and once again take notes and highlight parts you do not understand or find difficult.
  3. If your enquiry is in regard to an assignment or essay, we encourage you to attempt as much as you can and highlight the parts you do not understand.
  4. We encourage you to ask your lecturer or tutor for the course for help understanding the parts you found difficult.
  5. Where you are still not quite confident with the content, email or text the PASS tutor. Include (1) the course code, (2) useful information, eg. if it an essay, send the essay question, or if it is an equation, send the equation, (3) days and time you would be free to meet. Tutors should reply to you within two days. If a tutor takes longer than this, please contact Riki Welsh.


By following these steps we hope you will get the most out of the PASS programme. Happy studying!

See tutors listed by course code or browse the full table below to contact a tutor for your course.

Tutor Courses Email
Academic writing skills Academic Skills Centre
Ana Avia-O'Connor LAWS 101, LAWS 110
Anatea LAWS 101 - LAWS 110, LAWS 203
Brad EDUC 102/TEDU 110, EDUC 100 to 300 level, ENGL 100-300 level, SOCI 220
Charlie EMTH 100, ENGR 102, MATH 100 level
Curtis LAWS 101 and LAWS 110, PSYC 100 level
Devmali FINANCE 100 - 300 level
Ivan EMTH 171, MGMT 100
Joshua PSYC 100 & 200 levels
Josiah HIST 100 levels and POLS 100 & 200 levels
Kuki  PHYS 300 level 
Kurtis GEOL 106, 109, 111, 113, 115, 240, 243
Louise  FRENCH 100 level 
Marcus PHIL 100 level
Matt  PHIL 132, 139, 208, 229, 233, 235, 305, 310, 317
Mereana  HIST 100 level 
Moss  COSC121, COSC122 
Nick  CHEM 111 & 114, EMTH 100 level, ENCH199, ENCH241, ENCH281, ENCH291, ENCH292, ENCH293, ENCH295, ENCH296, ENCH298, ENGR101, PHYS 100 level 
Nicole  SPCO102, SPCO104, SPCO107, SPAN101, SPAN102, EDUC101 
Nikita-Marie  ACCT102, ACCT103, BRDG031, ECON104, ECON105, ECON207, ECON208, ECON390, INFO123, LAWS202, LAWS205, LAWS206, STATS101 
Noah  CHEM112, CHEM114, BIOL100 & 200 level 
Olivia  ANTH 100 & 200 level, HSRV 100 & 200 level, SOWK 100 & 200 level 
Ricky  ACCT102, ECON104 
Shania CRJU 100 & 200 level, CRJU308, HSRV103, HSRV104, HSRV206, HSRV207, HSRV208, HSRV210
Suli  BIOL116, BIOL251, GEOG322, HLTH 100-300 level (Health Sciences), MAOR270,  SPCO 100-300 level 
Tohoa  ANTH 100 & 200 level,  ENG 100 level, SOCI 100 and 200 level 
Unaiki  MAOR214, TE REO MAORI, TREO 100-300 level 
Valarie TECP112, TECP113, TECP202, TECP212, TEDU110, TEDU111, TEDU201, TEPI101, TEPI221
Vicky FRENCH 100,200 & 300 level, GERMAN 100 & 200 level


PASS Learning Skills is run jointly with the Academic Skills Centre, UC Library and Pacific Development to provide academic skills workshops and one-to-one drop-in assignment and study planning support for Pacific students.

The first of this series of four interactive sessions is a workshop on Skills for University study. Then every following Thursday until week four of term one there will be additional sessions on reading and note-taking; critical thinking and analysis of the assignment question; referencing and editing.

PASS Library Skills is a jointly run programme of library orientations & referencing skills with UC Library Pasifika contacts in each library and Pacific Development. We'll let you know upcoming workshops here throughout the year, but please feel free to get in touch with any of the Pasifika UC Library contacts for citation, referencing and finding resources anytime.

Fiona Tyson

Kaitiaki Kaupapa
Subject Librarian
Puaka - James Hight Rm 522
Internal Phone: 93865