Hillary Toloka. Photo credit:

Hillary Toloka. Photo credit:

Solomon Islander, Hillary Toloka is among other four Pacific Islands emerging leaders given the 2016 Greg Urwin Awards.

Others include Adi Talanaivini Mafi of Tongan Ministry of Justice, Dr. Laila Seduadua a Medical Doctor from Fiji, PNG’s Zuabe Tinning a Health Program Coordinator and Melino Bain Vete an Environmental Consultant in Fiji.

The awards provided financial support of up to AUD$25,000 for these emerging leaders to take up six-months placement with a regional organisation that has the potential to contribute towards positive development in the region.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum and Chairperson of the Awards Selection Committee, Dame Meg Taylor says the five awardees are currently making significant contributions to their fields of interest ranging from health research, children rights advocacy to sustainable fisheries.

More than 20 emerging leaders from around the region have completed placements under this awards.

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