Pacific Women Leaders: Vanessa Masoa

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Vanessa Masoa – Rugby player. Mentor. By profession, Vanessa Masoa is a Careers Development Consultant to the Tertiary Education Commission (formerly Careers New Zealand). By passion, Vanessa Masoa is a determined competitor who loves the adrenaline rush of playing rugby. She now ...
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Pacific Women Leaders: Fiafia Rex

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Fiafia Rex – founder of Oma Tafua (To Treasure Whales). Endangered whales have a special friend on the tiny island of Niue, deep in the Pacific Ocean. Her name is Fiafia Rex and she founded Oma Tafua, The Whale Conservation in Niue more than ...
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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 Leader: Papali’i Mele Maualaivao

By Gail Brown. Welcome to the second blog post in a  series of stories highlighting Pacific women  for their contributions to humanity and the communities they serve.  Like the colourful decoration perched above her ear, Papali’i Mele Maualaivao reminds me of an exotic Pacific flower – bright, and bursting with enthusiasm. She channels her energy into empowering women across the Pacific ...
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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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