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Our Team

Our team of enthusiastic professionals have a diverse range of skills and industry experience. We work collaboratively to understand your needs and expectations creating solutions and positive outcomes

 

Directors

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Leaupepe Ta'ala
Ralph Elika
BA/LLB, MInstD

I have a passion for people and through my foreign affairs work in economic development 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. 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. Previously I worked as a solicitor for a boutique commercial law firm in the Auckland CBD and later as a prosecutor for the IRD. I built a sports management business for 5 years working with international sporting bodies and grassroots community groups negotiating NZ and Pacific Professional sporting contracts. 

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.

My governance experience includes Chairing the Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel for Auckland Council, Chair of Liston College (Auckland) and a Founding Board Member of Tuputoa Trust.

I currently co-Chair Pacific Cooperation Foundation as a Ministerial Appointee and sit as a Board member on the Commonwealth Study Conferences (CSC) NZ Charitable Trust and the Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogues (Commonwealth).

 
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Sara-Jane Elika
BA(hons),BA/LLB
MInstD

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 practices to enhance positive relationships and create engaging solutions.

I am a ministerial appointed Trustee to Foundation North where I sit on the Audit, Finance, Risk and Compliance Committee, and previous ministerial appointee to Pacific Media Network. I Chair Community Law South Auckland and serve as Trustee to Community Law o Aotearoa’s national body.  I also am a Director for Good Shepherd NZ, Chair for Failoa Famili and Trustee for Sports Chaplaincy NZ.

 

In 2020 I was recognised as a 40 Under 40 Business Leader from the University of Auckland Alumnus, and a finalist in the “NZ Women of Influence” awards for my contribution to Arts and Culture. In 2021 I was a scholarship recipient for the Breakthrough Leaders programme run by Global Women.

Consultants

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Leo'o TJ Taotua

Consultant (MBA, BA)

Leo’o has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant and policy analyst specialising in the Pacific economy, strategy and business development. He is also an award-winning musician known for his Soul/RnB and gospel sounds across Aotearoa.  Leo’o is fluent in Samoan and brings his skills in organisational development analysis, project management and focus group facilitation.

 

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Jennie Tusani

Consultant

A Proud Samoan with a genuine passion for people driving her purpose to inspire, empower, care, enable and encourage people to live their best self authentically, especially our Pasifika Women. With more than 20 years of experience in the Aviation and Corporate Industry, her strengths and experience are varied from Operational Excellence,  Team Leadership, Learning and Development, Coaching and Mentorship, Consultancy,  Emotional Intelligence, Diversity and Inclusion and Business Development.

 

 

Research & Administration

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Research and Project support (Bdes hons)

Antonia has a background in Digital Strategy, Social Media and Design. She is passionate about utilising design thinking to develop innovative sustainable solutions. Her strengths include Research, Design Frameworks and Social Media Strategy.

 

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