Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu, Partner
Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu is an experienced business leader. Previously a New Zealand diplomat and trade negotiator, Peter has a highly-developed understanding of stakeholder requirements and the value of relationship building and authentic engagement at all levels in government, community and the private sector. A Samoan New Zealander and raised in Glen Innes, Peter’s most recent executive role was as General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Engagement at the Tamaki Regeneration Company, New Zealand’s first urban regeneration entity.
Peter was part of TRC’s Establishment Leadership Team. In 2014/2015, as Acting Chief Executive, Peter led the business case process, political advocacy and community engagement for the transfer of Housing NZ’s assets (2,800 houses), land (180 hectares) and tenants (6,000) to TRC which took place on 1 April 2016. At 36 years of age, he was the youngest CE (although Acting) for a Crown entity in 2014/2015 – company or department.
At NZ Post Group, Peter led the political, business and public campaign to change the postal delivery day from 6 to 3 days. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), he was part of a number of trade negotiations and subsequently led the implementation of the free trade agreement (FTA) with ASEAN and Australia. His time with MFAT included four years in Indonesia specialising in political lobbying, human rights monitoring and intelligence gathering. He speaks Bahasa Indonesian.
He is the Chair of First Foundation Trust, Chair of Amnesty International NZ (first Pacific Islander), Member of the New Zealand Press Council (media regulatory body), Director of Pacific Business Trust (Crown entity), Member of Asia NZ Foundation Leadership Network.
Although his professional career has been in the ‘mainstream’, Peter has a strong commitment to improving outcomes in Pacific Island communities and is an ‘Advisor’ to a number of Pacific groups, providing strategic and operational advice particularly in relation to housing redevelopment, operational excellence, communications, lobbying and stakeholder engagement.
Peter is a father of three and lives in Waiuku. His partner, Angie, is from a long line of farmers in the Pukekohe area. Peter has a BA/LLB from the University of Auckland and executive education from Mt Eliza Melbourne Business School. His Samoan high chief title of Tiumalu comes from his clan (Setefano) and villages (Satuimalufilufi/Sanafili)