We do amazing things with amazing people and partners to drive business success. We are passionate about creating the right environment for high growth Pacific businesses to thrive.
We achieve impact by facilitating and enabling ecosystems which ensure scalability and by being champions for our businesses, identifying and negotiating commercial opportunities. We’re focused on growing innovation, talent and leadership through bespoke and responsive business programmes and provide grants to catalyse and accelerate specific growth initiatives. We provide support for Pacific businesses and Pacific entrepreneurs in New Zealand.
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The Pacific Business Trust is a Charitable Trust established in 1985. Our mandate is to grow Pacific businesses into sustainable, viable and commercially successful enterprises.
/ Executive Assistant
Vahanoa is an Entrepreneur, who brings a variety of skills in administration and human resource management to the table. She is passionate about strategic objectives and is always motivated to learn new skills to achieve flexibility in the industry.
/ Business Coordinator
Mercedes is a cultural enthusiast who has studied Arts at the University of Auckland. She is interested in helping to develop the potential of Pacific-led businesses in New Zealand and is hoping to start up a business of her own in the near future.
/ BUSINESS STRATEGIST - SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LEAD
After more than 30 years of owning and running his own businesses David brings strong private enterprise experience across multiple disciplines for a range of organisations from start-ups to SMEs.
/ BUSINESS STRATEGIST - TECH & INNOVATION LEAD
A business owner and entrepreneur with investments in local and international businesses,
Richard brings with him 32 years of experience in the field of business development, strategic planning and investment.
Ethical, reciprocal, collaborative relationships are the key to our success. We partner with the best and brightest New Zealand has to offer.
The Pacific Business Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Minister for Pacific Peoples for a term of three years.
From left to right:
Leaupepe Rachel Karalus
Leaupepe is currently the Chief Executive of K’aute Pasifika Trust. Before taking up this role, Rachel practiced as a litigation lawyer for almost 15 years in Auckland, Wellington and Waikato.
Ron currently operates and manages a portfolio of early childhood center services. Ron has worked in a number of business advisory and consultancy roles, both in the community and corporate sectors.
Maria was born and raised in Fiji. She is proudly of Rotuman heritage and is actively involved in the New Zealand Rotuman Fellowship. Maria has over 12 years experience in senior financial management roles in the not-for-profit space in New Zealand.
Tevita Funaki, Chair
Tevita is the Chief Executive of West Fono Health Trust. With experience in various leadership roles in the health sector, he is a strong advocate for Pacific peoples’ well-being, as well as an active member of the Pasifika Community.
Rachel Afeaki Taumoepeau
Rachel is an experienced strategic and business director for her own company FaceNorth Promotions Ltd that has worked on numerous projects between New Zealand and the Pacific region that include trade and investment promotion and facilitation.
Samuelu (Sam) Sefuiva
Sam has over 30 years’ experience in public policy, strategic and business advice, cultural and economic development and executive leadership. Sam has a strong professional and personal interest in the Pacific region particularly in human rights, social enterprise and public policy.
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The Pacific Business Trust provides support for Pacific businesses and Pacific entrepreneurs in New Zealand, with offices in Auckland and Wellington.
The Trust is focused on growing innovation, talent and leadership through bespoke and responsive business programmes and provides business grants to grow Pacific business.
The Pacific Business Trust facilitates ecosystems which ensure scalability and act as champions for our businesses, identifying and negotiating commercial opportunities.