Leaupepe Ta'ala
Ralph Elika


I have a passion for people and through my foreign affairs work with the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and personal invitations to global leadership summits, I have developed and maintained a strong network in both the public and private sectors in NZ, the Pacific and Asia around economic development. These opportunities have allowed me to connect with various leaders all around the world from group CEOs and Prime Ministers to international ambassadors and Royalty. I have established these various relationships at different levels and have learnt to manage these relationships for the benefit of the work I have done.


Previously I worked as a solicitor for a boutique commercial law firm in the Auckland CBD and later did prosecution work for the IRD. I built a sports management business for 5 years working with international sporting bodies and grassroots community groups. I am an innovative and transformational leader who can quickly assess issues and create immediate and sustainable solutions for different clients and organisations customised for their specific sectors and industries.

Significant Distinctions in Leadership

Facilitated a round table discussion with a cross section of Pacific Leaders and the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (May)


Rotary, District 9920  (New Market)


Chair, Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel, Auckland Council


Chair Pacific Island Scholars Alumni Network, NZ

 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Fellow Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)


NZ Delegate, Inaugural Emerging Leaders Dialogue Asia (ELDA) in Malaysia (Johor Study Tour)

Lead Facilitator: Roundtable discussion with the

Pacific Parliamentarians Forum NZ

2015- 2017

Lead Speaker PwC Movers and Shakers

Senior Leadership Programme


NZ Delegate Pacific Leadership Foundation (PLF) Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue. Established under the auspices of Commonwealth Study Conferences Australia, (PNG Study Tour)

Current Trusteeships
Board Member; Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogues InternationalAELD

Chair Board of Trustees, Liston College

Board Member Commonwealth Study Conferences (CSC) NZ Charitable Trust 



Sara-Jane Elika




I am an admitted Barrister and Solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand and a strategic management consultant with a background in media, creative enterprise, education. For over 20 years my passion for contemporary Pacific music has gained national and international recognition including published
academia in ethnomusicology.


As an independent director in governance, my key strengths include leadership analysis, stakeholder engagement, employment relations, policy and cultural intelligence. I enjoy working with people and being a part of organisations that seek to advance the socio economic standing of individuals and their communities. I think strategically and through innovation apply best practice to enhance positive relationships and create engaging solutions.

Key Note Engagements

2019:     Workforce Inclusion & Diversity Conference,

              Auckland: Aventedge, “Courage in Leadership”

2019:     Women in Leadership Summit, Wellington:

              Aventedge “Entrepreneurs Fireside Chat: Creative,

              Courageous & Collaborative Leadership”

              Panel Lead: “Being a game changer in the


2019:     NZ Universities Women in Leadership:

               “Fireside chat, Senior professionals in the tertiary


2019:     ATEED & MFAT Pacific Connections: Debate Host

              “Pacific Heads of Missions v Pasifika Youth”

Significant Distinctions in Leadership


Global Women, Breakthrough Leaders Programme


Interim CEO, Pacific Media Network

Rotary, District 9920  (New Market)


Judge, NFP Leader

 Governance New Zealand


Judge, NZ Pacific Music Awards


Scholarship recipient, Leadership NZ


Winner, Emerging Leader Award,

 Governance New Zealand


'Marking Their Mark', Leadership Award:
St Cuthbert’s College- Old Girls Collegian


Winner, ‘Best Pacific Female Artist’

New Zealand Pacific Music Award


Winner, Best Pacific Album

New Zealand Music ‘Tui’ Award

Current Trusteeships

  • Chair: Community Law, South Auckland         (Manukau and Franklin area)  

  • Director: Good Shepherd NZ

  • Chair: Failoa Famili Trust