Luamanuvao sits on the Board as the Patron of the Wellington Pasifika Business Network. New Zealand's first Pacific Island woman Member of Parliament and first Pacific Island woman Minister of the Crown, Luamanuvao brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and connections to the Board. Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban resigned from Parliament in 2010 to take up the new position of Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University, Wellington.
Paul is not only a father to seven children, but he is also an established business owner. Upon entering the industry as a bartender he very rapidly went on to make a name for himself by becoming the Catering Manager (of 40 staff at a large, five star hotel) at the raw age of 24.
Knowing the obstacles, challenges, struggles and also benefits of starting your own business, Paul too, brings invaluable experience and knowledge to the Board both as someone who has been there and done that and also as Director of Manaaki Management. - a company who provides full event and venue management of Te Raukura - te Wharewaka o Poneke (Karaka Café, Pipitea Marae and The Lodge at Shelly Bay).
With a career spanning 17 years in the public sector, Melanie brings a plethora of skills, experience and ideas to the Board which are all a testament to the work she has done. Having worked in a range of frontline and management positions within the public and private sector, (including managing a procurement budget of $10 million for employment programmes and initiatives), she has also been fundamental in working with Iwi, Chamber of Commerce, Industry Organisations, SME’s and Local Councils in the development of initiatives and strategies that support people into employment, training and education. Melanie has much to offer in her role as Secretary to the Board, both in terms of expertise and management with the diverse networks she can draw upon.
Melanie is well supported and grounded by her husband and two children, Augustine and Analia.
With six years experience in the accounting industry, Saimon brings the financial astuteness needed to help the Wellington Pasifika Business Network function. Saimon brings governance experience ranging across a plethora of sectors including, Chair of the Wellington Young Accountants – a branch of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, he is an Executive Member and Treasurer of the New Zealand Universities and Tertiary Students’ Rugby League Council Inc, Wellington Hunters Rugby League Club and a Retired Trustee of the On The Edge Trust.
Saimon originates from the oceanic seas of Fiji but was brought up in Island Bay. His interests include rugby league, watersports and governance. To add to that, he is currently in the midst of launching a new business, Jetboards, this coming summer. – a testament to his entrepreneurial drive and business astuteness.
Sandy's successful and award winning career in broadcasting allowed his communications skills flow into the sales and marketing arena. Sandy has been involved in Sales and Marketing within the energy industry and with electronics multinationals. With the ever changing IT environment and way people can communicate Sandy helps businesses collaborate towards success by changing the tools they use.