The award received nominations from Pacific media workers on published or broadcast stories that highlighted the region’s climate change challenges and, or the ways in which Pacific people have addressed them, for their survival.

Final year University of the South Pacific (USP) Journalism student Sera Tikotikoivatu-Sefeti was the proud winner of the Vision Pasifika Media Award 2022.

The 2022 Vision Pasifika Media Award commemorates the role of Pacific media in amplifying Pacific voices on climate change. It was launched with financial support from Aotearoa New Zealand and facilitated through a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Internews Earth Journalism Network and the Pacific Environment Journalists Network (PEJN).

The award received nominations from Pacific media workers on published or broadcast stories that highlighted the region’s climate change challenges and, or the ways in which Pacific people have addressed them, for their survival.

Sera Tikotikoivatu-Sefeti said she was beyond humbled to receive the award, adding that she was grateful to God for the opportunity.

Hailing from the village of Dravuni on the beautiful island of Kadavu, Sera highlighted the importance of amplifying Pacific voices on climate change.

“Pacific island countries are the least contributors to climate change, but they are the most affected. We are known to have a close relationship with the land and the sea and it is unacceptable that this should be seriously affected by the major countries of the world whose activities are a major cause of this. Pacific voices need to be amplified for great nations to take notice and take responsibility for their actions,” she said.

The award comprised five categories, namely television news, radio production, online content, print media and tertiary-level journalism students.

Sera is a journalism student at USP and writes for Wansolwara winning the Tertiary Level Journalism Award.

Passionate about environmental issues and human interest stories, Sera believed that Pacific stories should be “heard” from the perspective and words of Pacific Islanders, as this is a crisis they experience and survive every day.

“In Fiji, there are not enough environmental journalists covering stories about the environment and how it affects people. I understand this can be a resource constraint and a financially limited area, but for me, I want to fill that gap in the industry and be able to do something that I’m passionate about because telling the story is incredibly important. story of our people and by locals who understand it because they live it too,” she added.

She dedicates this award to Almighty God, her family, USP journalism students, her peers, and all Indigenous women.

Sera is a source of inspiration and advises everyone to broaden their horizons and challenge themselves.

“So many times we limit ourselves to what others perceive us to be, and it will take you stepping out of your comfort zone to be able to experience your full abilities,” she said.

The other category winners of the Vision Pasifika Media Award 2022 were Fabian Randerath for the Television category, Jeremy Gwao for the Online category and Moffat Mamu for the Print category.

Source: USP

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