PM Pacific Youth Leadership Award winner and Chair of the PYLAT Council Trust



Josiah is a young Samoan changemaker set on inspiring youth advocacy in his community. He sits on a number of boards, and is advocating for Pasifika youth and ensuring young Pasifika people’s ideas and perspectives are considered by decision makers. Josiah is the recipient of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award for Leadership and Inspiration.

If you can assist a young Pacific person to live to their full potential, that has a whole ripple affect in the community.

At 18, he was made the chairperson of the Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation Council (PYLAT) which he helped establish.

He helped develop the University of Canterbury’s Pacific strategy, mentors, is part of the Youth Voice Canterbury Network and co-developed the iSpeak forums & the Christchurch Pasifika STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Maths) Fono.

The political science and history student has several youth projects in the pipeline once he finishes university, but wants to eventually forge a career as an academic.