It's great to have you here.
I am a New Zealand born author, blogger and IT Entrepreneur, who relocated to post-Tsunami Samoa in 2009.
I established and run the SWAP Foundation (a Samoan registered Charitable Trust), that assists Samoan businesses with strategy, Internet marketing and more. SWAP facilitates "voluntourism" in Samoa. I am the ideas-factory and driving force of what we do here.
Our preferred business model is to Joint Venture partner with local businesses, developing and owning the brand thus bringing badly needed stability and credibility into local small business marketing efforts.
I aim to be a helpful conduit to Palagi wishing to engage with Samoa - a sounding board, facilitator and advisor. This is a role I have naturally grown stronger in, the more experiences I have enjoyed here!
Following on from Internet UNMASKED!!, and Lipstick on a Pig, my third and fourth books (A Little Slice of Paradise, and Fun in the Sun) share many of my recent experiences in Samoa.
In my blogging I come from a Christian world-view, speaking directly and fearlessly about what I see and think. I try hard to write generously however, fully recognising that "the higher you climb the coconut tree, the more you will see"!
Samoa is a challenging country to live and work in:
Getting established here has been a roller coaster experience with constant criticism, betrayal and adversity, but our ideas are sound and my commitment is very strong.
Wherever you are, whoever you are, I welcome you to join us in Paradise, any time!