Tim Baice

Country representing

Samoa

Languages

Samoan
English

Education

  • The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Masters of Arts - Development Studies

Current organisation

Pasifika Success, Faculty of Education and Social Work, the University of Auckland, New Zealand

Current role

Academic Coordinator

Skills and Expertise

Blogging
Education
Human rights
LGBT rights
Public policy

Areas of interest

Education
Human Rights
Leadership
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am most passionate about Pacific youth engagement and equity/equal opportunities. My research has looked at the way in which young people in the Pacific conceive of participation in the political realm and how this shapes their participation and so my interest has been around understanding how Pacific youth are placed to engage in processes of decision making (within their respective diverse social, cultural, political, economic and environmental contexts), identifying what barriers there are, and working with young leaders and other key stakeholders to address the issues. In terms of my work, I have been a passionate advocate for Pacific youth and other equity groups within the realm of higher education spaces, working towards equal access/outcome opportunities and supporting and working with Pacific youth in their academic journeys. I am passionate about social justice, and in representing the views of ethnic minority and gender diverse and margenalised groups. I am passionate about young people as leaders, and taking a more holistic approach to analysing what enables them to be effective leaders - what we can invest in as organisations and also countries, but also critically analysing what inhibits young people from participating at a public/political level. Ensuing young people have the tools and the knowledge they need to be resilient in this fast paced, ever changing and dynamic world, whilst at the same time being able to respect, acknowledge, and understand theirs and others cultural/religious/gender values.

Actions

Through my community work, in helping establish the Auckland Samoa Fa'afafine Association (ASFA) in 2014, the Otahuhu Mangere Youth Group (OMYG) 2014 where these groups have provided platforms for 'margenalised' or traditionally 'disengaged' youth to share their stories/perceptions, and have their voices heard, creating networks and opportunities for young people to fellowship and meet and to create and expose them to opportunities and experiences that young people from these groups are not usually privy to. ASFA has been a great support group/initiative for fa'afafine and fafatama (gender diverse identities) providing a safe space for young people to share their issues, and live out their identities. Through OMYG we organised a successful campaign to oppose the opening of a new liquor store outside of a high school/ ECE centre in Mangere. I am also leading a project through OMYG 'Leadership Development Hui' which is a youth focused, and youth run initiative which seeks to enhance the leadership skills of youth from the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board area (predominantly Maori and Pacific). In 2014 I was part of a group that organised a parallel session for the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) based in Samoa at the United Nations Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference in 2014, aimed at raising greater awareness on the harmful affects domestic and sexual violence and abuse can have on not only the ongoing development of our children, but also the devastating impacts it has on our societies and social values. I am a volunteer for the Samoa National Youth Council (SNYC) based in Samoa, and manage their facebook page. This is a fantastic organisation lead by youth in Samoa that seeks to empower youth in Samoa to ensure their voices, concerns and ideas are shared and heard by the central government and key development organisations.