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Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu

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Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu 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.  Born in Samoa and raised in Glen Innes, Peter’s most recent executive role was as General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Engagement at the Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC), New Zealand’s first urban regeneration entity.  He is currently a Partner for Navigator Limited, an Australasian business consultancy firm.

Peter was part of TRC’s Establishment 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 asset and tenancy portfolio in Glen Innes, Point England, Panmure to TRC. The transfer successfully occurred on 1 April 2016. At 36 years of age, he was the youngest CE (although Acting) for a Crown entity or department in 2014/2015. 

At NZ Post Group, as Head of Government and Community Relations, Peter led the political lobbying, business case and public campaign to change the postal delivery day from 6 to 3 days.  He also led the community engagement process when Kiwibank decided to close 35 branches in 2012.  

Peter is a former New Zealand diplomat and trade negotiator.  He was part of a number of trade negotiations and subsequently led the implementation of the free trade agreement (FTA) with ASEAN and Australia.  

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.
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 village of Satuimalufilufi.