Ethnicity and Ancestry
Ethnicity is the ethnic group(s) that people identify with or feel they belong to, and is a measure of cultural affiliation, as opposed to race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship. Ethnicity is self-perceived and people can belong to more than one ethnic group. A person’s ethnicity may not necessarily match their ancestry.
Ancestry is a biological and historical concept and refers to a person's blood descent. You are eligible for consideration under the Pacific TAS if you are of indigenous Pacific Island ancestry, and are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.
For the purposes of the Pacific TAS, the Pacific Islands category includes Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawai’i, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).
Indigenous Pacific Islanders are the native, original inhabitants of these islands.
Certification of Ancestry
The certification of your indigenous Pacific Island ancestry must be completed by a Church Elder or Community Leader who knows your family, a Justice of the Peace, or solicitor.
The Certifier must be of Pacific Island descent (excluding the Justice of the Peace/Solicitor) and cannot be your sibling, spouse, parent or grandparent. Your UTAS Pacific application will not be considered until your Certification of Ancestry form has been completed (and any verification concerns have been addressed).
Please note: We will contact your Certifier if we require further information with regard to your ancestry. If we cannot reach your Certifier on the details provided, your application will not be accepted. Please ensure that you provide the correct contact details for your Certifier.
If you have any questions regarding the UTAS please contact:
Student Academic and Support Adviser (Pacific)
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - +64 9 923 5019
Building 810, Room 213