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TupuToa is an innovative investment partnership between partner organisations, interns, tertiary institutions, whānau and Māori and Pasifika communities.

Leopino Foliaki

Co-Chair, Partner, PwC

Leopino Foliaki is a Senior Partner at PwC where he has worked in a number of countries and provided an extensive range of audit and transaction services, including financial due diligence, acquisition accounting, review of projections, assessment and validation of merger synergies and public offerings. Since being made Partner in 1999, Leo has been involved with the Firm’s largest and complex client assignments in a range of industries including airlines, building products, consumer products, dairy, retail, telecommunications and other industrial manufacturing concerns. 

Rangimarie Hunia

Co-Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Ngāti Whātua Orākei

Rangimarie Hunia of Ngāti Whātua descent is the CEO of Ngāti Whātua o Orākei. She was previously the Director on the Board of Whai Rawa Limited, tasked with growing the asset base of the Ngāti Whātua o Orākei Trust for the benefit of its members. She led the Ngāti Whātua o Orākei education developments prior to completing her Masters thesis ‘Economic Renaissance of a Maori Community: Ngāti Whātua o Orākei as a Case Study’ tracing the economic development journey of the hapū. She runs her own business, is a director on the Institute of Directors’ Commercial Board, a trustee on the Committee for Auckland and the Manaiakalani Education Trust.

Faye Langdon

Co - Founder and Director, 21C Skills Lab

Faye  Langdon is Co - Founder and Director 21C Skills Lab. She is also the founder and previous Managing director at NZ Global Women. She has had a varied career spanning significant business development, business partnerships and business startup expertise. Prior to establishing her own businesses she was Director of Business Development, AUT University. Faye is a trustee on the Middlemore Health Foundation Board and previous trustee NZ Centre for Social Innovation. Faye holds a Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland,  and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from AUT University. 

Tim Watts

Co Founder TalentWire Group

Tim Watts is the Co-founder and director of TalentWire Group - Leading youth careers and employment marketplace. Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial endeavours he was with PwC. Tim holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Victoria University of Wellington. He is also an admitted Barrister & Solicitor and a Chartered Accountant. Tim is actively involved in various not-for-profit organisations - namely, he is a member of the Board of Director and Finance Committee for Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand and the founder and Chairperson of the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE).

Tina Wilson

Director of Māori Business, NZTE

Tina is the Head of Māori for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, responsible for NZTE's Māori Strategy and overseeing a specialist team of 12 across the organisation. Tina is responsible for New Zealand Trade and Enterprises response for the growth and development through internationalising Māori Business and investment opportunities for Māori.  Tina currently sits on the Council of Massey University. Prior to joining NZTE's commercial team in March 2014, Tina was CEO of the Taupo Moana Group/IWIinvestor - specialise investment advisory firm for Māori (pan-tribal entities).

Tiaki Hunia

General Manager, Fonterra Māori Strategy

Tiaki Hunia joined Fonterra in 2017 as General Manager, Māori Strategy/Pouhere Māori. As Pouhere Māori, Tiaki is responsible for progressing the Co-operative’s strategic Māori commitments and strengthening its bicultural capability. He works across the business, to lead, build and implement Fonterra’s vision of a strong partnership with Māori, growing prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities together. 

 

Tiaki previously held a number of roles, most recently with Te Puni Kōkiri, and prior to that, five years as Deputy Māori Trustee, Te Tumu Paeroa. He has also been involved in numerous governance roles with iwi and industry organisations over the last 10 years, notably Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Ltd, Māori Investments Ltd and Pūtauaki Trust.

 

Tiaki holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Māori from the University of Auckland. He has previously been admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is a member of the Institute of Directors

Rhys Faleafa

Business Consultant

Rhys Faleafā is of Tongan descent and has had a 20 year career in working in the professional services sector, education, and managing SME’s in the private and public sector, including managing family enterprises, iconic NZ clothing company Huffer, the Pacific Business Trust, as well as serving as Interim Executive at TupuToa! 

 

Rhys holds a BCom(Hons) in Accounting & Finance and a BSc in Chemistry, and is a Chartered Accountant. Currently the Co-Chair of the Pacific Islands Chartered Accountants Network., Rhys has experienced private sector governance roles as well as Ministerial appointed roles such as the Pacific Business Trust and Partnership School Kura Hourua Authorisation Board. 

 

Rhys has been actively involved in developing TupuToa from an idea into a sustainable social enterprise model, and is most proud of the work TupuToa is doing to create opportunities for aspiring Māori & Pasifika professionals to excel in culturally safe corporate and professional workplaces.

Talapo Uiva'a

Analyst, NZ Super Fund

Talapo, of Samoan descent, was placed with TupuToa in the NZ Super Fund, after the commencement of the internship he was offered a full-time role as an Analyst for External Investment and Partnerships, making him the only graduate and youngest analyst at the NZ Super Fund. Talapo holds a double degree in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and a Bachelor of Laws from Auckland University. He has had a lot of success in his short career thus far, co-founding Navigators of Success, which is a platform dedicated to inspiring and connecting Māori and Pasifika people.

Karina Nepia-Blyth

Māori Responsivness Project Coordinator, Auckland Council

Karina, of Māori descent started her journey with TupuToa in 2017. She was placed as an Intern with Air New Zealand in the Diversity and Inclusion and Organisational Development teams. Karina has a passion for numbers and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business, double majoring in Economics and Accounting at the Auckland University of Technology. She also finds herself as a Teaching Assistant and Peer Mentor to first year students at university. In addition, Karina holds a part-time role in the Māori Responsiveness team at the Auckland Council. 

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Anne Fitisemanu

Chief Executive

anne@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 021 942 954

Otene Hopa

Māori Advisor

otene@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 021 949 841

Maruata Reweti

Programme Manager

maruata@tuputoa.org.nz 

Phone: 027 615 6156

Awhina Kanohi

Early Career Development & Recruitment Lead

Rose Lavelua

Marketing & Communications Lead

rose@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 021 119 4879

Ireen Manuel

Projects, Contracts & Funding Lead

ireen@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 027 924 6355

Sione Taunga

TupuToa Navigator

sione@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 027 603 6980

Yole Lelaulu

TupuToa Navigator

yole@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 027 204 8436

Florida Foliaki

TupuToa Navigator

florida@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 021 086 86924

Talalelei Reweti

TupuToa Navigator

talalelei@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 020 407 88235

Karl Moresi

TupuToa Navigator

karl@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 021 082 95700

Lewis Tapene

TupuToa Navigator

lewis@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 021 054 6271

Valerie Wijaya

Salesforce Support

valerie@tuputoa.org.nz

Phone: 0275835396

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604 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland NZ
info@tuputoa.org.nz 
www.tuputoa.org.nz
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