Georgia Langdon was born and raised Australia and attended secondary school on the Sunshine Coast. Following a gap year working in a bakery completing a Certificate III in Retail Operations, she attended James Cook University in Townsville. Georgia completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Advanced Marine Biology and Aquaculture.
While she was growing up in Australia, Georgia always had in her mind that she would come and work in the Cook Islands at some stage. A trip to Rarotonga in 2006 for Vaka Eiva reinforced this. During her final term at University in Nov 2010, one of Georgia’s lecturers forwarded on an advertisement about a job in Manihiki as a Pearl Biologist. Georgia applied, was successful and began the job in March 2011.
Now based in Rarotonga, Georgia enjoys the opportunities to upskill and learn in her job. “In a small administration I get a chance to do more high level work, particularly because fisheries is on a regional scale,” Georgia said. Her immediate future will include a three month participation in the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Leadership Programme and long term Georgia would like to do some post-graduate study.
For Georgia, being here has enabled her to find out more about her extended family. This is a big part of why she has stayed, along with the “awesome lifestyle”, Georgia said. She has also become involved in different community groups which she probably wouldn’t have done in Australia.
To those considering a move to the Cook Islands, Georgia would say that there are so many opportunities if you come home: “The salary may be lower but the chances to learn are enormous. I never moved here for the salary, I moved here for the experience.”
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, James Cook University.
Present position: Senior Fisheries Officer, Offshore Fisheries Division, Ministry of Marine Resources.