Pacific Women Leaders: Lina Chang

By Gail Brown. For the next blog post in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Lina Chang. Lina Chang has earned the title of “Mamma” after helping more than 500 children throughout Samoa.  In 2005, Chang opened the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) which remains Samoa’s only support organization for children who are abused, abandoned, or ...
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Pacific Woman Leader: Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series I with Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, or Ioka as she’s called, uses her hands to create art, and uses her heart to connect with her Pacific ancestry.  As the Learning and Outreach Manager for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, everyone on Ioka’s team are all ...
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Women of Courage by Gail Huff Brown

At the U.S. Embassy, New Zealand we are reflecting and celebrating International Women’s Day with #womenofcourage. Over the past 18 months, Mrs. Gail Huff Brown, wife to Ambassador Scott Brown and previously a professional TV news reporter, has been interviewing outstanding women and publishing the “Pacific Women Leaders” blog. This blog , published on the U.S. ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Nora Swann

By Gail Brown, wife of US Ambassador Scott Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Nora Swann, Designer for the  Pacific Fusion Fashion Show . “I’m creative, flamboyant, loud, and fun.  That’s me,” Nora Swann declares when asked to define her personal fashion style.  She loves to visit op-shops to buy different patterns and textiles ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Sera Tapu-Ta’ala

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Sera Tapu-Ta’ala, a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua. No one understands the serious health problem that diabetes inflicts on Pacific people better than Sera Tapu Ta’ala.  As a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua, she has spent ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Verona Parker

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Verona Parker – Broadcaster, Beauty Queen, Mother. When I sat down to interview Verona Parker she was still the General Manager of TV3 in Samoa.  It’s a job she loved. However, change came in July when it was time to leave the television ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Jacqui Evans

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Jacqui Evans, director of “Marae Moana”. At the young age of sixteen, Jacqui Evans became fascinated with the beauty of the local marine life of the Cook Islands. Being a local, she would attend school trips to snorkel in the lagoon where ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Niki Rattle

By Gail Brown. For the next blog post in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Niki Rattle – Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament. “It’s the sweetest coconut juice in the world,” says the Speaker of Cook Islands Parliament, Niki Rattle as I sit down to interview her on a hot  November day in Rarotonga. The ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Ana File-Heather

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Ana File-Heather, owner of Red Door Coffee Bar and Unique Island Streetwear. Ana File-Heather is desperately trying to hire a new barista.  She owns the Red Door Coffee Bar in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, but, ironically, coffee isn’t the main thing she wants to ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson – Environmentalist and Climate Change Communicator.   Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson proudly speaks about her culture as the reason why she started her work as first a journalist then as an environmental writer, communicator and now a policy advisor on environmental ...
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Pacific Woman Leader: Ema Piutau

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the Pacific Women Leaders series I met a fearless young woman, Ema, who has spent her professional career working in the criminal justice system in my new found home of New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Ema is serious about delivering justice and she has committed her life to advocating for ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Fealofani Bruun

By Gail Brown. Welcome to the first in a series of stories highlighting Pacific women for their contributions to humanity and the communities they serve.  Earlier, I traveled to Samoa with my husband, U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown, to present his credentials to the new Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II.  After having the pleasure of meeting His Highness, ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: highlighting Pacific women’s contributions to humanity

By Gail Brown, wife of US Ambassador Scott Brown New Zealand and Samoa, known for their natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and thriving societies, was top of my husband’s list to serve our country as United States Ambassador abroad. New Zealand is home to some of the largest Pacific people’s diasporas, and a gate-way to South ...
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Former Ambassador Scott Brown’s inaugural 4th of July Independence Day in New Zealand

Ambassador Scott Brown’s inaugural 4th of July Independence Day in New Zealand with a packed reception at the Hunter Lounge at the Victoria University of Wellington. Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee, represented the New Zealand government and was joined by hundreds of others including Ministers, members of the New Zealand Parliament, military, cultural and media representatives ...
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