Pacific Adventist University to add 12 new staff houses

At the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday. (Credit: Bruno Kokinai)

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Pacific Adventist University (PAU) has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 12 new staff houses at Kinakon—a part of the university campus.

The ceremony on May 13 signifies PAU’s ongoing commitment to providing exceptional living and working environments for its faculty and staff, and allows for the fast growth at PAU.

The groundbreaking ceremony was witnessed by guests including Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific president and PAU chancellor, Pastor Glenn Townend, former vice chancellor Dr Harold Peters, current vice chancellor Professor Lohi Matainaho, and deputy vice chancellors Mere Vaihola and Professor Lalen Simeon. Faculty, staff and members of Kinakon community also joined in celebrating the development.

While the immediate focus is the construction of the new staff houses, PAU has even bigger plans for the future. Upcoming projects include a new 120-room dormitory complex, a multipurpose 2000-seat auditorium and a state-of-the-art lifestyle medicine centre. These additions will further enhance the university’s capacity to serve its students and the broader community.

The groundbreaking ceremony and the expansion plans would not be possible without the dedication of several key individuals. The university has extended its gratitude to support services director Gabriel Smerewai, programs manager Grace Paulson and projects manager Gibson Na’au and Nemuel Elumba, who continues developing the university’s asset master plan.

Pacific Adventist University is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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