Lotima graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor in BMS, and a Diploma in Te Tohu Paetahi (Māori immersion course) in 2020, and currently works at BayTrust as a Community Investment and Iwi Relations Coordinator.
Lotima is passionate about progressing positive youth outcomes, particularly concerning Māori, Pasifika, and Indigenous affairs. He views his Youth Leader role as an opportunity to voice ideas, innovations, and the concerns of Indigenous peoples, with specific attention to Māori & Pacific communities. He is looking forward to the contributing to the work the National Commission will be undertaking as part of the Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2031).
As an Indigenous person, Lotima feels obligated to do his part and being part of the UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, he believes is a great opportunity to express such obligations.