Twenty six emerging leaders from around the country, the Pacific, Australia and the United States are attending a three-day Young Pacific Leaders Conference beginning in Hawai'i today.
Pacific delegates in Hawaii for the Young Pacific Leaders Conference. Photo/ Facebook.
The conference aims to discuss issues that Pacific countries are facing like regional security, development and aid.
The participants are a diverse group of young professionals who are making change in their communities and come from across the Pacific: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Hawai’i.
One of the delegates, all aged between 25 and 35, is Inangaro Vakaafi from Niue.
"For some of us from small island states, some of the issues for countries like the Cook Islands and Niue, would be depopulation. Most of our people are living abroad and how does that impact our country's economy," she says.
Inangaro Vakaafi is a reporter and broadcaster in Niue.
Inangaro Vakaafi. Photo/ Twitter.