Tongan woman receives Greg Urwin award 2016

Tongan woman Adi Talanaivini Mafi, 25,  has been announced as one of the recipients of an Australian government and Pacific Islands Forum Secreatariat funded Pacific Leadership Program in honour of the former Secretary General of PIFS, the late Mr. Greg Urwin.

Ms. Mafi hopes the award “will contribute to her plans to advocate for the rights of children within the Tongan criminal justice system”.

This was a chance for her to pursue her endeavour to put an end to “legally mandated violence against children”.

She will take up her placement with the  SPC Regional Rights Resources Team (RRRT) in Suva, Fiji.

She is currently a legal officer with Tonga’s Ministry of Justice and Sub Registrar with the Registrar General’s Office.

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Adi Talanaivini Mafi. Photo/Facebook

She holds a Masters of Law from Queen Mary University of London, a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Law both from the University of the South Pacific.

About the Awards
The Greg Urwin Awards are a joint initiative of the Australian Government-funded Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). The Awards were established in 2008 to honour the memory and legacy of the former Secretary General of PIFS, the late Mr. Greg Urwin.

Up to five grants of AUD$25,000 are awarded to outstanding Pacific Island professionals, researchers and emerging leaders to undertake a 3-6 month placement with a regional organisation or institution that has the potential to contribute to the positive development in the Pacific.

The call for applications for the Awards are held in September to October each year. Applications for the 2016 Greg Urwin Awards have closed and successful candidates have been informed.

General Eligibility Criteria
Successful applicants will:

  • Be citizens of Pacific Island countries.
  • Have completed, or will complete in 2015, a postgraduate qualification (Masters level or Phd. level)
  • Have confirmed a placement with a host organisation or institution (including Australia and New Zealand).

Applicants must arrange their own placements and show exemplary academic achievement and leadership experience in their academic and/or professional field and in local community. Applicants must be able to explain how their chosen placement will provide valuable professional experience, exposure to new ideas and create networks that will develop their leadership capacity in the Pacific Islands region.

Priority Areas
Applications are sought from scholars and professionals in a diverse range of fields including the private sector, public sector, civil society, health sector and academia. At the request of the late Mr Urwin’s family, special consideration will be given to applicants in the health sector who wish to pursue a project related to cancer awareness, treatment and/ or research.

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  1. Kuo foaki ki ha fefine Tonga ko Adi Talanaivini Mafi, 25, ʻa e polokalama ki he ʻoku fakapaʻanga ʻe ʻAositelēlia ki he fouunga takí ʻa ia ne fokotuʻu ke fakalāngilangiʻi ʻaki ʻenau Sekelitali Seniale ki muʻa ki he Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

    ʻOku ʻamanaki ʻa Mafi ʻe hoko ʻa e foaki faingamālie ko ʻení ke tokoni ki heʻene palani ke poupoua e totonu ʻa e fānaú ʻi he faʻunga ki he fakamaauʻanga hiá ʻi Tongá.

    Ko e faingamālie ʻeni kiate ia ke tuiaki ʻene feinga ke fakangata ʻa e ngaahi fakamamahi ki he fānaú.
    ʻOkú ne lolotonga hoko ko ha ʻofisa lao ʻi he Potungāue Fakamaauʻanga ʻa Tongá pea mo Tokoni Failēsisita ʻi he ʻōfisi ʻo e Failēsisita Senialé.

    Kuo ʻi ai foki ʻa hono mataʻitohi Masters of Law mei he Queen Mary University ʻi Lonitoni, pehē ki hano tipiloma Professional Diploma ʻi he Legal Practice mo hano mataʻi tohi pesolaʻaati he laó mei he ʻUnivēsiti ʻo e Pasifiki Sauté.

    Ko e hā ʻa e polokalama ʻa ʻAositelēlia ko ʻení:

    Ko e ngaahi faingamālie ʻeni kaungā fakapaʻanga ʻe he Puleʻanga ʻAositelēliá mo e kautaha Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). Naʻe fokotuʻu ia ʻi he 2008 ke fakalāngilangiʻi e manatu mo e tukutukulaumea ʻa e Sekelitali Seniale ki muʻa ʻa e PIFS ko Greg Urwin ka kuó ne pekiá.

    ʻOku aʻu ki he paʻanga ʻAositelēlia ʻe $25,000 ʻoku ʻoku foaki kia kinautolu ʻoku tuʻukimuʻa ʻi he ngaahi ngāue fakapalofesinale he Pasifikí kau fakatotolo fakaako pehē ki ha kau taki kuo hopo hake pea ʻe ʻoange leva moʻo kinautolu ha faingamālie ke nau ngāue ai ʻi ha māhina ʻe 3 ki he 6 ʻi ha kautaha fakafeituʻu pe akoʻanga ʻoku malava ke nau tokoni ki he fakalakalaka lelei he Pasifikí.

    ʻOku fakaʻatā e tohi ki he ngaahi faingamālié ni ʻi Sepitema ki ʻOkatopa he taʻu taki taha. Kuo tāpuni ʻa e tohi kole ki he ʻAuooti Greg Urwin 2016 pea kuo ʻosi fakahā kia kinautolu kuo nau ikuna ʻa e olá.

    ʻOku fiemaʻu kia kinautolu ʻe tohi ki he faingamālié ni ke nau hoko ko e
    • Tokotaha sitiseni ʻi he ngaahi fonua ʻo e Pasifikí.
    • Kuo ne maʻu pe ʻe toki kakato ʻi he 2016 hano mataʻitohi posikuletieti ʻa ia ko hano masitā pe toketā fakaako.
    • Kuo ʻosi maʻu ha kautaha pe akoʻanga ʻi ha feituʻu kau ai ʻa Nuʻu Sila mo ʻAositelēlia ke ne ngāue mo fakatotolo ai ʻo ka foaki ange ʻa e ʻauootí maʻana.

    Ko kinautolu kotoa pe ʻe tohi ki he ʻauooti ko ʻení kuopau ke nau kumi ʻe kinautolu haʻanau peleisimeni pe kautaha ke ngāue mo fakatotolo ai ʻi haʻane maʻu ʻa e faingamālié ni. Kuopau foki ke nau fakahā haʻanau ngaahi lavameʻa fakaako mo taukei fakataki ʻi honau malaʻe fakaako pe fakapalofesinale taki taha ʻi he komiunitī ʻoku nofo aí. Kuopau foki ke fakamatalaʻi ʻe kinautolu ʻoku tohí pe ʻe angafēfē hano fakaai ʻe he peleisimeni kuo nau filí ha taukei fakapalofesinale mahuʻinga, maʻu mei ai ha ngaahi fakakaukau foʻou mo faʻu ha ngaahi netiueka ke ne fakalakalakaʻi ʻenau founga takí he feituʻu ʻOtu Motu Pasifikí.

    Ngaahi meʻa ke muʻomuʻá.

    ʻOku fiemaʻu ʻa e ngaahi tohi kole ki he ʻauootí ni mei he kau ako mo palofesinale ʻi he ngaahi malaʻe kehekehe kau ai ʻa e sekitoa taautahá, sekitoa maʻa e kakaí, sōsaieti sivilé, sekitoa ki he moʻuí mo e kau ako fakaʻakatēmiká. Naʻe kole foki ʻa e fāmili ʻo Urwin ke ʻi ai hano fakakaukauʻi makehe ʻo kinautolu ʻoku tohi kole mei he sekitoa ʻo e moʻuí ʻa ia ʻoku nau loto ke fakahoko haʻanau faʻahinga polōseki fekauʻaki mo hono tokangaekina ʻo e kanisaá, faitoʻó mo / pe fekumi

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