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Ahohiva Levi

Ahohiva Levi was the Elected Speaker of the Niue Legislative Assembly from May 2011 until April 2014. He also serves as a Niuean/English interpreter/translator and Counsel for the Niue High Court. He holds a Bachelor of Art in Lands Management Development & Public Management from the University of the South Pacific, a Postgraduate Diploma in Land Management & Development, and an UNITAR/UNEP/UNTAD Certificate in Successful Organic Production and Export. He is a member of the Pacific Climate Action Network (CAN), a Pioneer Member of Pacific Organic Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) and current Taskforce Member, and a member of the Taskforce for a Pacific Organic Standard (POS) in association with SPC/FAO/IFAD. He worked as a consultant to the FAO on a Pacific Organic Guarantee System, and to SOPAC on Integrated Water Resource Management. He served as the President of the Niue Organic Farmers Association, the President of the Niue Island United Association of NGOs, and as a Board Member Pacific Island Association NGOs (PIANGO) From April 2009 to May 2011 he was the Organic Certification Manager/Organic Industry Facilitator, responsible for

  • promoting organic farming principles and practices through fortnightly radio talks and one-to-one discussions with farmers to persuade and convince them that organic methods are the pathway to nutritious food and healthy living and economic prosperity by growing and exporting organic certified products overseas including the positive impacts towards adaptation and litigation to climate change,
  • working with the Education Department to promote and teach organic farming in schools,
  • implementing the whole certification process and requirements under the BioGro/IFOAM certification regime-working with farmers and exporters to understand the necessity of maintaining accurate datas including the understanding of pathways and certification requirements by overseas markets (NZ,USA, Japan,UK/EU),
  • ensuring that integrity of the certification system is maintained,
  • assisting with marketing Organic certified products overseas, and
  • securing overseas markets.
He has also worked in the Niue Government in various roles, for example
  • June 1998 - June 2001 as Assistant Policy Analyst and Private Secretary to two Ministers;
  • July 1993 - Feb 1996 as Inspector of the Niue Public Service Commission;
  • Sept 1990 - June 1993 as Deputy Director Administration and Deputy Registrar for the Niue High Court.

He has attended numerous high-level conferences and meetings such as the 31st Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Australasian& Pacific Regional Conference in Rarotonga (Cook Islands), the Global Conference Agriculture Research For Development in Punta del Este (Uruguay), the Regional Community Engagement Workshop in Apia (Samoa), the POETCom meeting in Papeete (Tahiti, French Polynesia), the Research for Agriculture Research (GFAR) 1st Conference in Montpellier (France), and the Small Island State Conference in Montego Bay (West Indies).

Ahohiva Levi

For further information please contact

Prof Manfred Lenzen
ISA, A28
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
+61 (0)2 9351-5985
m.lenzen@physics.usyd.edu.au