Former journalist and long-time serving radio broadcaster Julian Maka’a has been elected as the new provincial Premier for Makira/Ulawa.
Mr. Maka’a polled 14 votes ahead of his lone opponent Jackson Sunaone with 6 ballots in the premier’s election today.
He was a member of the media fraternity in the Solomon Islands before giving a shot at politics where he was then succeeded.
His victory has gained an overwhelming support from the Makira people and friends with congratulatory messages and comments keep pouring on social media.
See his biography as below:
Tina Hydro Development Project
Responsible for communications about the Tina River Hydro Development Project. Support Community Liaison Officer in developing training and promotional material about the Project.
National Disaster Management Office
Solomon Islands Government
Mar 2007 – Mar 2011
Disaster Training, Communications Officer
Radio Broadcaster Radio Broadcasting Trainer Media Trainer Supervisor Programs and Presentation
Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
May 1984 – Nov 2006
Started off in Drama Features Department, 2007 attended 3-month training on Radio Drama in Hilversum, Netherlands; attended various media train the trainers courses in the south Pacific region; completed Disaster Train the Trainers in 1997; joined Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office in 2007 to 2010 and managed information, Disaster Management Trainer; Communications Officer until March 2011 when he joined the Tina River Hydropower Development Project Office of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Primary studies at Wainoni Bay, High School Studies Tenaru and Extension Courses by both USP and UPNG
Wanoni Bay, St Joseph’s Catholic Secondary Tenaru, USP Extension Services, UPNG Open Campus, Honiara
Support with communication and other jobs, NDMO Solomon Islands
Contributing support in very trying situations after major disaster impacts
USP, Xlibri, online
A variety of different short stories for both the Confession and Other Stories and Is Anyone Out There; Iumi Tru is a travel writing magazine covering the main Provinces of Solomon Islands
Nov 2012 – Present
It’s a big contribution to the ongoing efforts to get a major hydro built for Solomon Islands
- Solomon Islands Pijin
- Maramara Asi
Solomon Islands Creative Writers Association
Acting President and one time Secretary
Mar 1984 – Present