In 1998 Nick Tuitasi received the Queen Service Medal, for his contribution to the community. In 2000, he was voted one of the top 100 New Zealanders of the century. In 2007, he was presented the 'Living Legend Award by Auckland City
Nick grew up on the streets of West Auckland a New Zealand born Samoan. He did not keep good company and eventually found himself on the wrong side of the law. So much so that even Nick can't quite understand why he never ended up in a cell or worse. But a series of events and mentors in his life saw Nick turn to the Police force for a career.
Then he learned how to fail constructively. He failed both the physical and education tests for the Police force but he persevered and eventually found himself in the blue uniform he had previously tried so hard to avoid. The rest is history.
For the past 25 years Nick has worked with offenders on the edge and also with youth wanting to break away from their peer elements. As a speaker he has cut his teeth on the hardest audience in the world - young, hard to impress teenagers and younger. To watch Nick speak to 3,000 young people is both inspirational and exciting.
He has traveled extensively throughout Australasia speaking about his story which includes having set up their Juvenile Justice System in the Republic of Palau. Nick is renowned for his ground-breaking work with youth. He was awarded the QSM in 1998 in recognition for this work, along with other awards for his outstanding contribution to youth justice. When Nick talks about "Stories from the Street" he knows what he's talking about.
A sought after speaker, Nick has an ability to educate, entertain and inspire people into action. His move into speaking at corporate conferences will be a refreshing addition to the speaking circuit.
In 1997 he was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary club of Auckland, and in 1998 received the Queen Service Medal, for his contribution to the community. In 2000, he was voted one of the top 100 New Zealanders of the century, by the “North and South” Magazine. In 2007, he was one of 6 recipients of the 'Living Legend Award' presented to him by, the Mayor of Auckland.
Nick has travelled extensively throughout Australasia speaking of his work, and is a popular with community and youth groups, organisations and conferences. His outstanding work in the community was recognised when he was awarded:
In 1993 The Silver Merit Award (Police)
In 1997 A Paul Harris Fellow award by the Rotary Club of Auckland.
In 1998 he was awarded the Queen Service Medal.
In 2000, the North & South Magazine, named him one of the top 100 kiwis of the century.
In 2007 he was one of 6 recipients of the Living Legends Award, presented by the Mayor of Auckland.
Nick worked for Ministry of Social Development for 12 months as the Manager of the Pacific Youth Development Strategy. Nick was then offered a position with Te Wananga o Aotearoa in January 2011 as the Pacific Engagement Advisor.
Nick is a top communicator who really connects with his audience. He is married and has three teenage daughters.