Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities


There are about 25,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean and they are all undergoing various changes in migration, youth leadership and digital connections. What are the emerging trends in terms of how Pacific youth are developing new connections and new leadership opportunities? How important are digital connections to the development of new leadership processes and social enterprises like Navigators of Success, Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation (PYLAT) and the presence of Pacific youth on many NZ boards. How active is the Pacific start-up community?

Chair: Josiah Tualamali'i – Founder and Trustee of Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council and Pasific lead on board of LeVa 

Elizabeth V. Kite – Founder and President of Tonga Youth Leaders and the Pacific Regional Representative for the Commonwealth Youth Council

Ali Leota – Co-leader of the Brown Caucus, National Pasifika Liaison for the NZ Union of Students’ Associations

Okirano Tilaia – Deputy Chair of PYLAT, Youth Champion in the aftermath of the Chch Mosque Terror Attacks

Mabel Muller – Co-host of the Radio 531pi Breakfast Show, Pacific Media Network, Auckland