Need help with a Māori, Iwi or Pacific communications strategy, responsiveness plan, cultural competency training and analysis or something else? If it's anything to do with cultural communications or media, this half hour call with Iulia Leilua will help you sort through the clutter and find the best pathway forward.
IULIA LEILUA - BROWN PAGES DIRECTOR
NGĀTI HĀUA, NGĀTI HEKEĀWAI, SAMOAN
I help people connect with the hearts and minds of Māori and Pacific peoples to build trust and hope. As a bridge builder and advocate for Māori and Pacific peoples, I understand the nuances of whānau, hapū and iwi relationships. I can also help people communicate with Pacific audiences to co-design solutions that resonate.
My strength is listening to people and pulling together complex, sensitive or content rich information to create a compelling story or strategy. I'm an intuitive strategist and like to understand other peoples’ aspirations.
By nature, I’m hard wired to work diligently and am driven by imagination, forward thinking and creative persistence. Because I’m open minded I can pinpoint trends, notice problems, or identify opportunities that others may overlook.
These skills have been acquired during a 32 year career working in Māori and Pacific communications and media. My career started in 1987, when I was a founding journalist for TVNZ’s ‘Tagata Pasifika’ programme. I later became an investigative journalist for Māori TV (2009-2018).
In between that I established a PR company in 2001 and won the Premiere Public Relations Award from the Peace Foundation Aotearoa-NZ. I have worked throughout NZ and the Pacific region since 1987 and for my iwi in Taumarunui. In 2018, I was named Māori Journalist of the Year by Massey University.
Māori Journalist of the Year 2018
Massey University Ngā Kupu Ora Awards
Pacific Female Media Personality of the Year 2016
Pacific Islands Media Association
Creative Entrepreneur Award 2016
Arts Venture Trust Auckland
Premiere Public Relations Award 2001
Peace Foundation Aotearoa NZ
Spirituality through a Christian lens
Integrity and doing the right thing
Leadership through service and professionalism
Respect for people
Recognition of peoples' ancestral connections
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