Our Executive Leadership Team

Our Chief Executive

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    Laulu Mac Leauanae

    Our Chief Executive

    Laulu is the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

    He comes to the Ministry from the Pacific Cooperation Foundation where he was Chief Executive.

    Prior to his current role he was the General Manager of Pure Pacifika Limited, a company that exported horticultural products from the South Pacific primarily into Asian markets.

    Before this Laulu worked in the primary healthcare sector for ProCare Health Limited. He was initially the Pacific Health Manager and within a year was promoted into Senior Management roles.

    Earlier in his career he worked in Pacific community & business development with a role at the Pacific Business Trust. He started his career practicing as a lawyer.

    Laulu holds an MBA from Henley Management College, UK, with his dissertation focusing on 'Community Participation in Governance'. He also holds an LLB from Auckland University. 

    He is of Samoan descent and holds the Chiefly title of Laulu from Fa’ala. His aiga reigns from Fa’ala, Iva and Sa’anaapu. 

Our Executive Leadership Team

  • 2017 06 22 Coote MPP 279

    Iris Webster

    Deputy Chief Executive (interim)
  • Jack Schierhout

    Jack Schierhout

    Chief Financial Officer


  • Sina Aiolupotea Aiono

    Aiolupotea Sina Aiono

    General Manager Regional Partnerships
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    Michelle King

    General Manager Capability Development
  • Suzanne Ruthven

    Susanne Ruthven

    Chief Legal Counsel