Speaking topics: diversity and inclusion, leadership, community building and empowerment
Driven by his own sense of disconnection as a Samoan born teenager in New Zealand, Josiah and some friends founded the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council (PYLAT) in 2010. He Chaired PYLAT for five years, which gives Pacific youth a way into the democratic process. PYLAT allows them to speak into the decisions of Cabinet Ministers and other leaders, teaches them how to lead and educates decision makers on how to consult them. It also runs New Zealand’s Pacific Youth Parliament.
Josiah accompanied Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on a 2018 mission to Samoa, Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands to represent New Zealand’s Pacific young people. Josiah was the recipient of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award for Leadership and Inspiration. He is a Director on the board of Le Va, which promotes health for Pacific peoples, leading work on mental health and suicide prevention.
In 2018 the Government chose six kiwis to lead a Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction. Josiah was chosen as the youth voice, and as part of his role he attended the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London. Josiah studies politics and history at the University of Canterbury.