Josiah Tualamali’i is the Chair of the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council or PYLAT in Christchurch. In 2016 he won the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award and travelled to Geneva to attend the World Health Organisation Conference. In November 2017 he also won the SunPix Pacific Emerging Leadership Award.
He is studying law, political science and history at the University of Canterbury and is on the board of Pacific mental health NGO, Le Va. Like a lot of New Zealand born Pacific youth, Josiah spent many years learning about his Pacific and Samoan identity. But it wasn’t easy when the family name Tualamali’i was changed to 'Brown' to help his dad fit in.