May 10, 2022
Places for Māori at Young Pacific Leaders events
Māori aged 25 to 35 are being invited to apply to attend the eighth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu in July and for the organisation’s Regional Workshop on Marine Sustainability in November.
Mara Hosoda Su’a from the United States Consulate in Auckland says the annual conference is unique in bringing together young people from Aotearoa and Australia, the South Pacific, French Polynesia and the American-affiliated Pacific to talk about issues ranging from security to climate change.
November’s event includes four virtual roundtables and a three day in-person workshop in Honolulu, looking at sustainable conservation and management of fisheries, maritime security and law enforcement, and technologies for countering illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.
“We’re looking for up and coming law and policymakers in particular. There are a lot of great organisations in Hawaii. Part of the regional workshop is to do site visits with a lot of those organisations already doing work and creating initial connections with people that go far beyond the workshop and conference,” Ms Su’a says.
There’s funding available for attendees to put together projects based on the ideas and relationships that come out of the conferences.
The Young Pacific Leaders programme will also run a tech camp for Pacific scientists and science communicators in Auckland in October.