9 Dec 2015

Eight Pacific Islanders off to meet the Queen

2:09 pm on 9 December 2015

Eight young Pacific islanders are heading to Buckingham Palace in June to receive an award from the Queen for their leadership roles.

They are among 60 young people from around the Commonwealth to receive a Queen's Young Leaders Award.

The winners aged between 18 and 29 are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including climate change, gender equality and mental health.

Among the winners are Mary Siro of Vanuatu who has encouraged young people in sports and Nolan Salmon Parairua of the Solomon Islands who founded a group to reduce youth crime.

The other winners are Fiji's Luisa Tuilau, Tabotabo Auatabu of Kiribati, Unique Harris of Nauru, Papua New Guinea's Seini Fisi'Ihoi, Aiona Prescott from Tonga and Easter Tekafa Niko of Tuvalu.