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Nature lover's hope

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

FIJI'S representative to the Miss South Pacific Pageant in American Samoa, Drue Slatter, 19, will be advocating on the importance of the natural environment at the event.

"I grew up on the Coral Coast of the main island of Viti Levu and have always had a passion for the ocean and all her inhabitants," Miss Slatter stated on her profile on the pageant website.

"The diverse environment taught me the importance of recognising the value of my Pacific culture, whilst striving to be a global citizen and a worthy representative of Fiji."

Ms Slatter said she strived to be an influential part of the next wave of environmental conservationists, using both the media and sustainable resource management to inform Pacific islanders of the importance of their natural environment.

"All things we hold dear to us, our culture, our food, our children, our arts are all inspired or sustained by our lands and our seas.

"Public relations and the media are keys to encouraging awareness and demanding transparent and environmentally-sustainable decisions from the leaders of our region."

Ms Slatter is a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of the South Pacific, majoring in Journalism and Marine Affairs.

She is the eldest of five siblings, graduating from International School Suva with an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

She is also a trained PADI dive master and has worked as dive guide and dive master at Diveaway Fiji, Sigatoka.

Ms Slatter is competing against nine other contestants from around the Pacific.

Alsi Rabukawaqa of Fiji is the reigning Miss South Pacific while Mere Nailatikau won the pageant in 2009.