Pacific Academic Solutions and Success

pacific students in traditional dress

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.

Subject Course Tutor 


Academic Skills Academic Writing Skills Academic Skills Centre

Accounting ACCT102, ACCT232, ACCT254 Ana Avia-O'Connor

Anthropology ANTH100 & 200 level Olivia

Anthropology ANTH100 & 200 level Tohoa

Biology BIOL100 & 200 level Noah
Biology BIOL100 Ayelen
Bridging Courses  BRDG031 (Law) Nikita-Marie
Chemistry CHEM114 & CHEM111 Nick
Chemistry CHEM114 & CHEM112 Noah
Computer Science COSC121 & COSC122 Moss
Computer Science COSC121 & COSC122 Josh
Criminal Justice CRJU101 & CRJU201 Malcolm
Economics ECON104 & ECON105 Tito
Education EDUC100 level to 300 level Brad
Education EDUC101 Nicole
Engineering Mathematics EMTH100 level Nick
Engineering Mathematics EMTH100 level Josh


ENCH199, ENCH241, ENCH281,
ENCH291, ENCH292,ENCH293,
ENCH295, ENCH296, ENCH298

English ENGL100 level Tohoa
English ENGL100 level to 300 level Brad
Engineering ENGR101 Nick
Engineering ENGR101 Ezra
Engineering ENGR101 Josh
Engineering ENGR102 Ezra
Engineering ENGR102 Josh

Support to students who have English
as an additional language.

Finance FINC100 level to 300 level Devmali
Forestry FORE100 level Nathan
French FREN100 level to 300 level Vicky


GEOL106, GEOL109, GEOL111,
GEOL113, GEOL115,GEOL240,

German GRMN100 level & 200 level Rachel
Health Education HLED121 Justin
Health HLTH101, HLTH110, HLTH111 Justin
History HIST100 level to 300 level Mereana
History HIST100 level to 300 level Josiah
Human Services HSRV100 level & 200 level Olivia
Human Services

HSRV103, HSRV104, HSRV206, HSRV207, HSRV208,

Information Systems  INFO123 & INFO243 Ana Avia-O'Connor
Law LAWS101 to LAWS110, & LAWS203 Anatea
Law LAWS101, LAWS110, LAWS204, LAWS205, LAWS206 Ana Avia-O'Connor
Law LAWS110 Curtis
Linguistics LING100 level to 300 level Vicky
Maori MAOR214 Unaiki
Mathematics MATH100 level Charlie
Management MGMT100 level to 300 level Cheryl
Marketing MKTG100 level to 300 level Cheryl
Philosophy PHIL100 level to 300 level Joshua
Physics PHYS101 Nick
Physics PHYS300 level Kuki
Political Science POLS100 level & 200 level Josiah
Psychology  PSYC100 to 300 level Joshua
Sociology SOCI100 level & 200 level Tohoa 
Sociology SOCI220 Brad
Social Work SOWK100 level & 200 level Olivia
Spanish SPAN101 & SPAN102  Nicole 
Sports Coaching SPCO102, SPCO104, SPCO107 Nicole  
Statistics STAT101 Wesley
Statistics STAT101 Ana Avia-O'Connor
Te Reo Maori TREO100 level to 300 level Unaiki
Te Reo me nga Ahuatanga TECM101 Tyler
Teaching & Learning  TECP112, TECP113, TECP122 Tyler
Teachers Education TEDU110 Brad
Teachers Education TEDU110 Tyler



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
Puaka - James Hight Rm 522
Internal Phone: 93865