Audrey Brown-Pereira (born in 1975 in Rarotonga) is a former Cook Islands diplomat and Executive Officer for the National University of Samoa. She is also a published Poet of Cook Island, Maori and Samoan descent. Brown-Pereira has lived and worked in New Zealand, Cook Islands and Samoa, where she currently resides with her family.
Brown-Pereira received her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Studies and Sociology, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Brown-Pereira started her poetry writing in 1994 and continues her gift of writing to this day. Her poetry has been published in Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, Trout: An online journal of arts & literature from Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and Mauri Ola which is a worthy sequel to Whetu Moana and anthology of Polynesian poems which was published in 2011.
Brown-Pereira worked as an Accounts Assistant for the Cook Islands Consulate General from 1995 to 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand. That same year, she moved to Rarotonga to work as an International Affairs Officer for the Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
In 2000, she moved back to New Zealand to take on the role of First Secretary to the Cook Islands High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand.
Then in 2004, she moved to Apia, Samoa to work at the National University of Samoa as an Executive Administrator. While still in Samoa, Brown Pereira went on to work for KVAConsult Limited as the Manager of Corporate Services and Project Manager. She remained there for 2 years before leaving to the United States in 2010. Later in November 2011, she returned back to Samoa where she currently works for her former employer KVAConsult Limited in the Project Management and Client Relations department.
In 2012, Brown-Pereira took part in the Poetry Parnassus in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad that took place from June 26 to July 1st. In what is being called the biggest gathering of poets in world history, the Poetry Parnassus will see poetry and spoken word in more than 50 languages, from Haitian Creole to New Zealand Maori.
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