Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 23 years old and I was born and raised in the coastal cocoa and coconut plantations in the Gazelle District of East New Britain in Papua New Guinea (PNG). I come from a family of five children - four girls and one boy.
I am the current Miss Frangipani, East New Britain for 2019 and 2020. It is a local pageant that has been restarted after 25 years to empower young women to become agents of change in our province and country. The pageant has been a platform for me to actively advocate on issues like plastic pollution and climate change in my community.
What comes to mind when you think of the ocean?
When I think of the ocean, I am reminded of a vast and wondrous world that can be both peaceful and chaotic. To me, the ocean is a unifying body of water that connects continents, cultures and people.
As a coastal-dwelling Melanesian, it is a part of who I am. The ocean always will play a big part in my life, just as it did for my ancestors, and as it will continue to do for future generations.
What do you see as the biggest challenges facing our oceans in 2020?
Plastic pollution is definitely one of the biggest. I feel that the convenience and accessibility of single-use plastics has become such a habitual part of our daily lives that we have become desensitized to the impact that it is having on our planet.