Well known entertainer, Lapi Mariner, was inducted today as the worlds first SAS Abolition Ambassador at the Stand Against Slavery (SAS) offices in Penrose, Auckland, NZ.
What is becoming a fairly normal trend of late, SAS is doing things differently. Normally, an ambassador who is inducted into an organisation has some fairly strict contractual obligations. However, SAS Chief Executive, Peter Mihaere is quick to point out, “Being a SAS Abolition Ambassador is different from most Ambassadors. We have no contracts, and we encourage each SAS Abolition Ambassador to be an Ambassador to the whole Abolition movement, not just a specific part of it.” The concept is that an SAS Abolition Ambassador will be a voice across the board and be available to help any and all organisations who are wanting to bring freedom to the enslaved in New Zealand and around the world.
“Part of the DNA at SAS is the value of giving away” explains Peter, “that way we all get to share people like Lapi and others who are being asked to be Ambassadors for the Abolition movement.”
Lapi is known throughout the world as the “Voice of the Pacific”. His voice has endeared him to audiences throughout the United States, the Pacific, and Australasia. From the Polynesian Cultural Centre of Hawaii, to stadiums in Australia & NZ representing NZ singing the National anthem, and a world-wide television audience of millions, Lapi is well established in the minds of Pacific and mainstream audiences, as a Pacific Icon.
As an original member of “Jamoa Jam” (R&B and Pacific music) Lapi wooed Pacific audiences with his energetic stage presence, his vocal range, and versatility. Since leaving Jamoa Jam, Lapi has taken his trademark performances into his solo career and emceeing as another form of entertainment.
Lapi is involved in various gospel summits and conferences using his gift as a worship leader and leading worship teams & facilitating vocal workshops. He ministers at The Dream Centre in Auckland, NZ with his wife and two children in worship ministry.
Lapi shared with the SAS team that he was deeply impacted by a presentation at a conference in Tauranga in 2010 about human trafficking of young girls in India. During 2013 Lapi traveled with Peter to Thailand and India where he saw slavery up close and personal, particularly in Kolkata. When asked a few weeks ago if he would like to be a SAS Abolition Ambassador he immediately accepted the invitation and embraced it as an obvious way he could support SAS and the abolition movement.
As Peter was presenting Lapi with his SAS Abolition Ambassador plaque he said, “It does come with some responsibility, but that responsibility is simple and unencumbered with contractual obligations. All we ask is that when we invite you to be part of an event or an opportunity to promote a friendly organisations effort in abolishing slavery, you seriously consider that invitation to participate.” SAS wants to provide for those organisations who may not have access to ambassadors. “Organisations can contact us to see if an SAS Abolition Ambassador might be available for an event specifically centred around the abolition of slavery.” Peter added, “we want to give away our best for the sake of the abolition cause, this is one we can do that.”
If your organisation would like to extend an invitation to a SAS Abolition Ambassador please do so by contacting Peter Mihaere at firstname.lastname@example.org.