Tuesday, 30 September 2008

pima executive committee members 2007 2008

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The PIMA committee at the 2007 PIMA conference with outgoing chair John Utanga (right) and outgoing secretary Sandra Kailahi (third from right).

Aaron Taouma- Chairman
Talofa lava to you all and warm Pacific greetings. In taking up this role in the committee team I believe PIMA can be a force in bringing our media together and influencing the positive development of the media in general.

My interests extend into the arts (with a background in film and theatre), education (I taught for a number of years before becoming a reporter on Tagata Pasifika, TVOne) and I guess, anything to do with our communities. I am afakasi Samoan and Scottish New Zealander from the deep south. This has made me New Zealand grown and Pacific conscious.

So, here's looking forward to a great 2008. Soifua...

Chris Lakatani - Vice Chairman
Fakaalofa lahi atu, my name's Chris Lakatani and I'm blessed to be Niuean as my mother is from the village of Avatele and my father is from Tuapa.

I'm also co-owner and director of my own corporate development company in Auckland. Being experienced with the professional development of staff is one of the key benefits I can bring to the mix as Vice-Chairman of PIMA. We're all a great bunch, so if you really care about a fair perspective on PI's being voiced, then come unite and join us.

And yeah, sometimes we actually all get together for drinks, food, music, films... It's all good.


Eleanor Ikinofo - Print Rep
Fakaalofa lahi atu, I’m glad to be part of the PIMA network. I’m a proud descendant of the beautiful rock, known as Niue Island but I’ve lived in Auckland for ever!

Being in the PIMA network means joining a dedicated team of media professionals who work hard to represent the PI voice in the media. It’s not an easy job, any day, but absolutely needed. I work as the Communications officer for the Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission (PITIC NZ), a non-profit organisation committed to improving the livelihoods of Pacific Island people in the Pacific through business development.

If you’re juggling the pro’s and cons of joining PIMA – take the step, join! It’s not always about the money guys! (we accept cheques tho’!) See you soon.

Angelina Weir (Uea)- Treasurer
Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana, It’s all about communication and that’s PIMA.

For me it’s radio, a talk-back show, a Fiji programme and a business programme. It's great medium to work in. I also write “business bits” for a newsletter and newspaper. Communication is a key part of my business advisor role including network events, public relations, and in my events business.

I enjoy communicating, making communications happen, sharing, and critiquing what’s happening out there and where better to do that for PI’s than - with PIMA.

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