PM Pacific Youth Leadership Award winner and Chair of the PYLAT Council Trust
Josiah is a Samoan New Zealander working to give young people a voice – helping them to speak up on the decisions that shape their lives and advising government on how to connect with them.
At 14, he was one of the founders of an NGO called the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Trust to empower Pacific youth, which he chaired for five years. At 22 years old he was a voice for youth and Pacific peoples on the New Zealand Government Inquiry which looked at how to make life better for people with mental health and addiction challenges.
He also is a member of the Le Va and Rātā Foundation boards.
He will be graduating with his History and Politics Degree at the University of Canterbury in December. In his spare time he collects things, you’ll hear more at the hui.