Name: Jone Tuiipelehaki
Organisation: WWF South Pacific Programme Office
Role: Press Officer
Bula Vinaka from Fiji, I am 23 years of age have been a jounalist in Fiji for the past three years. I had enrolled for a Double Major Degree in Journalism and Marine Studies. Having always had an interest in the envrionment and its protection, the subject combination was drawn by a personal view that their just was not enough specialised environmnental journalists around in my country and in the South Pacific region. However, while doing Media related work for WWF the Global Conservation organisation as a consultant and a volunteer, the opportunity to work for Tranprency International (TI) Fiji presented itself. Rather than viewing this as a completely different field, I felt that it prpvided a wholesome approach to not only tackling environmental issues but also develop my skills in good governance practices- an important trait for anyone to have in any field. Furthermore, apart from my communications work i have also been given the task of speaheading a Youth Integrity Initiative - which is a programme of the whole TI Global movement. While this is a very new project for TI Fiji, we are currently in the phase of developing a Democracy Youth Camp and scouting funds for this programme. I hope that my joining this forum, it would provide me with opportunities to further develop my communications and advocacy skills. Thank You.