Independent Director & Pacific Creative
First captivating the hearts of her fans through pop group "Pacific Soul" followed by debut album “Sara-Jane””, her accolades include Best Pacific Artist (2005) NZ Pacific Music Awards, Best Pacific Album (2004) New Zealand Music Awards and Best Pacific Album (2004) Hawaiian Music Awards.
Having released three albums and featuring on numerous compilations, Sara-Jane is well versed in international travel sharing and educating about the Pacific Pop phenomenon. She is also a proficient Jazz vocalist with performances at the Sydney International Jazz festival, and the acclaimed Monterey Jazz Festival (USA).
As an entertainer, she defines quality and professionalism with performances in front of many dignitaries, sports personalities and government officials. A special highlight includes performing for international Hollywood celebrity THE ROCK (Dwayne Johnson) (07/04) and the World Expo's Samoa day in Shanghai, China (08/10). In 2016 she was the headliner at the Pacific Festivals in Sydney and Brisbane (2016).
In 2011 Sara-Jane released her first academic writing on the New Zealand Pacific Music awards (in the tertiary textbook ‘Home, Land and Sea Situating Music in Aotearoa’) which stemmed from her honours degree in Ethnomusicology researching the impacts of urban life for Pacific music and musicians in New Zealand. She also celebrated her admission to the bar as a solicitor of the high court of New Zealand.
Using her business and legal background, Sara Jane founded her own company specialising in music education, creative enterprise and high performance. She also set up a sports management business alongside her husband whose background in law (tax, company), foreign affairs and youth development complimented her skill set. Elika Sports built and established formal partnerships with overseas sports companies in Australia, Japan, Europe, USA and South Africa and utilized her passion for employment law, negotiation, strategic planning and sponsorship/marketing.
Sara Jane is currently focusing on utilizing her industry experience, legal training and unique professional skills within the Governance arena. Already recognised as an 'Emerging Leader' at the Governance NZ Awards 2017 and a scholarship recipient in the 2018 Leadership NZ programme. Sara-Jane is currently available to consider various Board directorships.
"Judges described the winner of this category as someone who has diverse governance, leadership and business experience... Her personal commitment to diversity is a testament to her passion and energy to be of service. Sara-Jane is an exceptional person, a privilege to be the Emerging Leader Award Winner for 2017." Governance NZ Inc
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