Our Team

Mac Leauanae Oct 2014
Laulu Mac Leauanae
Chief Executive 

Graduating from the University of Auckland with a Law degree, Mac practiced for a year and a half before realising that law was not the career path for him. With a desire to assist Pacific communities, he moved into Pacific community & business development through his work at the Pacific Business Trust. From there he moved into the primary healthcare sector, initially as the Pacific Health Manager for ProCare Health Limited and within a year, was promoted into Senior Management.

During this time at ProCare, Mac completed an MBA with his dissertation focusing on ‘Community Participation in Governance’.
After five years of service he moved to Pure Pacifika Limited as its General Manager to manage horticultural products from production in the South Pacific, to its logistics and transportation into the Asian market. Mac joined PCF as the CEO in March 2014, having worked in a project based role in 2012-2013 for the Pacific Showcase event series.

Phone: +64 9 969 1494
Fax +64 9 969 1495
Email:mac@pcf.org.nz

Ralph Elika
Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika
Programme Development Manager

Ralph attended the University of Auckland where he completed a conjoint degree in Law and Arts. He worked as a solicitor for a boutique commercial law firm in the Auckland CBD and later did prosecution work for the IRD. After a few years in the legal fraternity he started his own company with his wife which has been running for five years.

In this time Ralph also worked for the University of Auckland Business School in 2013 and founded the Commerce Association Pacific and Maori (CAPM) an organization designed to facilitate the professional development of Maori and Pacific business students to transition them effectively into the corporate and private sectors. Ralph organized and led various workshops and networking events in partnership with major corporates such as Fonterra, Vodafone and PwC to prepare students for industry. Ralph brings relationship-building capacity to PCF and has an extensive network of contacts in both the private and public sectors of NZ and the Pacific.

Phone: +64 9 969 1494
Fax +64 9 969 1495
Email: ralph@pcf.org.nz


Marcia Thomas
Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Marcia is a naturalised New Zealander whose home town is London, England.  Having come from such a diverse multi-cultural city Marcia was drawn to working at PCF as she enjoys engaging with people from different countries and ethnicities.  Marcia has a solid finance/administration background and has worked for large corporate organisations such as Bayer, Colonial First State Investment Managers and Hewitt Associates, as well as experience in the UK public sector.

 

 

 

Phone: +64 9 969 1494
Fax +64 9 969 1495
Email: marcia@pcf.org.nz

Sabrina Tian
Sabrina Tian
Projects Administrator

Graduating from the Auckland University of Technology with a Masters’ degree in Business, Sabrina worked for Skycity marketing department for over four years. Following on from that role, Sabrina commenced employment with the Shangri-la hotel in Beijing as the Guest Relations Manager. Sabrina came back to New Zealand in 2011 and worked as the Customer Relationship Manager at Reef Group where she gained experience in trade, business and logistics in the Pacific region.  Sabrina has a real affinity with the Pacific and loves Pacific art and culture.

 

 

Phone: +64 9 969 1494
Fax +64 9 969 1495
Email: sabrina@pcf.org.nz

 

Michelle Curran
Project Manager

Michelle is a journalist who began contracting for Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in 2015, compiling the communications for the Foundation. This year, Michelle takes on a Project Manager’s role while continuing to assist with PCF’s communication strategy.

Michelle attended the University of Auckland where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (History) before completing a graduate diploma in journalism at Massey University in 2005. She has worked in regional newsrooms in New Zealand and Australia for eight years before turning freelance in 2015.

Having seen the value in the work PCF do in the Pacific, she hopes to contribute to the Foundation and its cause by adding her journalism skills and experience and new project management skills to the mix.

 

Phone: +64 9 969 1494
Fax +64 9 969 1495

Email: michelle@pcf.org.nz

 

Auckland City scape

James Kemp
Online Strategist

James is a business author and Director of Growth HQ with over 10 years’ experience building and commercialising digital properties. Growth HQ works with some of NZ’s largest ecommerce sites, media companies, creatives, local businesses, NGO’s and start-ups to deliver them measurable growth online.

He drove the growth and development of GrabOne as their Marketing Director. GrabOne has grown to become New Zealand’s third largest online retailer, with sales over $100 million. James first worked with Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in early 2015 to run the Train the Trainer workshop. He has since helped to develop the Grow Pacific training which was first executed in Fiji in November 2015.

He hopes by working with PCF, businesses and governments in the Pacific will be educated and able to see the potential and prosperity a digital future can bring to the region.

Email: james@growthhq.co.nz

Maria Fuata
Senior Accountant

Fiji born, and of Rotuman heritage, Maria has a natural affinity with the Pacific and its people. Maria attended the University of South Pacific to graduate with a double major in accounting and financial management and management and public administration.

After graduating from USP, Maria began working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Suva as an auditor for five years before immigrating to New Zealand in 2003. In NZ, she has worked for various organisations including Pacific Media Network as Finance and Administration Manager, Grant Thornton Accounting Firm, and at Pacific Business Trust as Finance Manager, where she connected with Laulu Mac Leauanae during his time there. Maria, a certified Xero Advisor, joins the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) as a contract Senior Accountant.

She feels privileged to use her skills and experience to give back to Pacific communities.

 Email: mia@pcf.org.nz