Invercargill TikToker meets with Gov about content creation

Invercargill woman Georgia Awatea Jerry-Jones aims to make a career of social media influencing.

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Invercargill lady Georgia Awatea Jerry-Jones goals to make a profession of social media influencing.

It’s possible you’ll not recognise the face but, however considered one of Invercargill’s most distinguished TikToker has met with the Ministry of Well being about content material creation for the massively fashionable video platform.

Georgia Awatea Jerry-Jones, 21, has amassed 1.6 million likes and 61,000 followers on her TikTok, geooojones​ since September 2021.

TikTok is a social media platform for creating, sharing and discovering quick movies, the place customers can splice their movies into others’, or “replay” one other video to touch upon it.

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Jerry-Jones and her buddy had been having a yarn about getting well-known on the massively fashionable platform, when it was prompt Jerry-Jones put up a video of a haka, which subsequently “blew up”.

Jerry-Jones, Ngāti Maniapoto, has honest pores and skin and blue eyes, and inside a few hours she was receiving damaging feedback.

“I feel lots of people overlook we’re a colonised nation. There’s only a few full-blooded Māori.

“So long as you have got your whakapapa you might be Māori, that’s it.”

Georgia Awatea Jerry-Jones is one of the most followed TikTokers in Southland.

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Georgia Awatea Jerry-Jones is likely one of the most adopted TikTokers in Southland.

She goals to make a profession of social media influencing and needs to be on tv. Simply this week she had a gathering with the Ministry of Well being about making a TikTok video collectively.

She additionally just lately returned from the North Island the place she filmed a documentary with te reo community Hahana, detailing her journey in getting a big rib tāmoko.

Jerry-Jones’ TikTok movies present her singing alongside different customers’ movies, exhibiting off outfits or dancing with associates.

Nevertheless, her most watched movies current her whakapapa, a lot of which have been seen greater than one million occasions.

One video that has been watched 1.7m occasions is Jerry-Jones carrying a standard gown and pounamu, superimposed with damaging feedback which wrongly counsel she isn’t Māori.

She ends the video by exhibiting the digicam her “Māori ft” and giving a thumbs up.

Jerry-Jones mentioned she was adjusting to being recognised on the road by followers, and felt some strain to be “on” on a regular basis as a result of her on-line exploits had been significantly optimistic.

After finishing highschool at Invercargill’s Māori immersion college, Te Wharekura o Arowhenua, Jerry-Jones is coaching to be a Kohanga trainer.

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