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.
THRIVING BUSINESS, PACIFIC DOMINANCE
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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.
/ 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.
/ Business Coordinator - Wellington
An entrepreneur with a background in the arts and technology, Jaemen brings a unique perspective to the challenges of the Pacific community. He is passionate about building capability, leadership and sustainable pathways into the future.
/ 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 Administrator
New to the business scene, Elizabeth brings with her the enthusiasm to learn, communicate and improve her skills. She is very passionate about young Pasifika people excelling in all fields of life and hopes to see more young Pasifika Entrepreneurs taking on the world.
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.
(L-R: Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu, Rachel Afeaki Taumoepeau, Fa’amatuatainu Tino Pereira, Pelenato Sakalia, Maria Fuata, Tevita Funaki)
Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira MNZM, Chairman
Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira is a prominent and experienced Paciﬁc consultant on public sector issues and a leading governance practitioner in both public and private sectors.
Rachel Afeaki Taumoepeau, Board Member
Rachel Afeaki Taumoepeau is an experienced strategic and business director for her own company FaceNorth Promotions Ltd who has worked on numerous projects between New Zealand and the Pacific region to include trade and investment promotion and facilitation.
Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu, Board Member
Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu is an experienced business leader. Previously a New Zealand diplomat and trade negotiator, Peter is currently a Partner for Navigator Limited.
Tevita Funaki, Board Member
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.
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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.