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.




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.



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.



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.

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.

Maria Fuata, Board Member

Maria was born and raised in Fiji. She is proudly of Rotuman heritage and is actively involved in the NZ Rotuman Fellowship. Maria has over 12 years experience in senior financial management roles in the not-for-profit space in NZ.

Leaupepe Rachel Karalus, Board Member

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

Samuelu (Sam) Sefuiva, Board Member

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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