Australia & NZ: Australia, New Zealand
Pacific Island Nations: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Meet the Team
Mary Moeono. Managing Ambassador
Wellington, New Zealand
Mary is a Lead Adviser for the Ministry of Education in Wellington, New Zealand. She currently sits on the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2020 International Taskforce. She also serves as the 350 Pacific Climate Warriors Wellington coordinator which is a network of youth-led, grassroots climate activists from across the Pacific, advocating and working with and for communities on the front-lines of climate change.
She holds a Masters (with Honours) in Criminology from the University of Auckland, where her research explored restorative justice as a culturally appropriate approach for dealing with violent offending. As an advocate for both educational equity and climate justice, Mary advocates that a restorative justice approach alongside the inclusion and valuing of Indigenous knowledge must underpin development of solutions as well as decision-making.
Kate Crowhurst. Coordinating Ambassador, Australia & New Zealand
Kate is an education and financial literacy advocate who makes learning about money more bite-sized. After being recognised by Forbes 30 under 30 for her work on financial literacy in Australia, she attended One Young World in 2018 and was inspired to make a more significant change. She started Money Bites in 2019 to make learning about money more relatable, accessible and easy to understand so that more of us can learn about money. She's a Global Shaper. an initiative of the World Economic Forum and as a former school teacher, is passionate about ensuring access to core skills like financial literacy.
Seutatia-ia-Noue "Tia" Vaai. Coordinating Ambassador, Pacific Island Nations
Tia is a female youth #FarmerByProfession. She is passionate about shifting the paradigm and stigma surrounding farming in Samoa and the Pacific, founding Purpose Plantations Samoa to help provide safe and nutritious food for her island home. She is determined to be part of the generation that makes the changes that her community both needs and deserves for a better quality of life. Tia also believes that the revival of the agricultural industry in Samoa is necessary for food security and also to combat the issues of NCDs, poverty and responsible consumption & production, but that these changes are only possible if young farmers and recognised, well-equipped and empowered to become key players.
Tia strongly believes that young people in the Pacific have the innovative solutions and compassion required to make the changes so desperately needed in the region.