Josiah is of Samoan and Pākehā whakapapa and has four brothers. He loves writing letters and cares deeply about Pacific people participating in democracy. His mahi around empowering Pacific youth voices in democracy led to his appointment on the advisory group for the Civics and Citizenship component of the School Leavers Toolkit. Based on his lived experience of mental health challenges, and roles in mental health governance in 2018 he was a panel member of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. In 2021 he co-coordinated communities to support the Polynesian Panthers' call for the Dawn Raids apology. And this year alongside film maker Benji Timu, has co-produced his first documentary - on the Polynesian Panthers. He is a board member of a number of organisations and his Masters study is on Ōtautahi and its Pacific history.
Apology fully activated?
Flax roots Pacific community activism called for and enabled the 2021 Dawn Raids apology. One year on from the apology Josiah will lead an explorative workshop on whether the apology is fully activated, reflecting on New Zealand's Pacific legacies and the inclusion of Pacific ways of knowing and being our education leadership. This is a space for reflecting together and encouraging actions that we personally and collectively can take.