Tautua is a word in Samoan that expresses the cultural tradition of service to the family or aiga. It can also mean any service of an individual to a greater cause.
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples Executive Leadership Team is known as Tautua and is led by Secretary for Pacific Peoples Laulu Mac Leauanae.
Laulu and his team both serve Pacific Aotearoa and lead the Ministry with their Pacific knowledge, expertise and connections.
Laulu is Secretary for Pacific Peoples and Chief Executive of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. Since he started in the role in July 2017 he has led the development of a bold and unifying vision for Pacific communities in New Zealand, and has secured new investments and Pacific-led initiatives to lift the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of Pacific peoples.
Laulu actively contributes to the public sector’s diversity and inclusion programme and leads Pou Mātāwaka, which aims to eliminate ethnic pay gaps.
In prior roles, he was Chief Executive of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and the General Manager of Pure Pacifika Limited, a company that exported horticultural products from the South Pacific primarily into Asian markets.
Before this Laulu worked in the primary healthcare sector for ProCare Health Limited. He was initially the Pacific Health Manager and within a year was promoted into Senior Management roles.
Earlier in his career he worked in Pacific community and business development with a role at the Pacific Business Trust. He started his career practicing as a lawyer.
Laulu holds an MBA from Henley Management College, UK, with his dissertation focusing on 'Community Participation in Governance'. He also holds an LLB from Auckland University.
He is of Samoan descent and holds the Chiefly title of Laulu from Fa’ala. His aiga hails from Fa’ala, Iva and Sa’anapu.
Aiono Matthew Aileone is the Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Research and Evaluation, Languages and Housing at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. He leads the teams responsible for developing key policies and research to take forward the Ministry’s Lalanga Fou vision.
Aiono's role includes overseeing establishment of the cross agency Lalanga Fou DCE’s group and the Ministry’s business cases developed for the wellbeing budget. He recently finished a secondment as an Assistant Commissioner at Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission.
Aiono originally joined the Ministry in October 2018 from the senior leadership team at the Master Builders Association where he worked as a Policy and Advocacy Manager. Aiono enjoyed a 15-year career as a New Zealand diplomat, trade negotiator, policy officer and legal advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Aiono was involved in Pacific trade and economic issues including the Pacific Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus.
Aiono holds a BA and LL.B from Canterbury University and a Master of Business Administration (First Class Honours) from Massey University. He was admitted to the roll of barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand in 2004. Matthew was born and raised in Christchurch. He is a proud member of the Tafesilafa’i Samoan Catholic community in Christchurch. His parents are originally from the village of Fasitoo’uta in Upolu, Samoa, where his chiefly title of Aiono was bestowed.
As Chief Financial Officer, Jason is responsible for managing the financial and accounting functions of the Ministry.
Jason played a pivotal role in the Ministry’s successful Budget bids in 2019, which together formed part of one of the largest Pacific packages a New Zealand government has ever delivered. As well as thinking strategically about what public support Pacific communities may need in the future, Jason is responsible for making sure public money is spent efficiently and effectively on the areas the government has agreed.
Jason has a track record of working in public sector finance. Prior to joining the Ministry Jason worked at the New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Health. Jason has also worked in the United Kingdom, where for two years he held a senior role in the financial sector.
Jason is of Samoan, Chinese, Irish and Dutch heritage. His Samoan heritage is descended from the villages of Sataua, Pu’apua, Iva, Salelologa, Fale’ula and Lepea.
Terina is the Chief Advisor to the Secretary for Pacific at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. She is leading and developing the Ministry’s strategic direction to ensure the Ministry can support the aspirations of Pacific communities today and tomorrow through the realisation of the Ministry’s Pacific Aotearoa - Lalanga Fou vision.
Over the last two years she has been part of the team leading the development and delivery of the Ministry’s Pacific Aotearoa – Lalanga Fou vision, the development of budget investments and more recently the All of Government Pacific wellbeing strategy.
Terina joined the Ministry in October 2016 having worked across several central agencies. These have included the Environmental Protection Authority, Inland Revenue, the Department of Corrections and Te Puni Kokiri, predominately in the areas of Public Policy. Some of her proudest achievements are working in areas which directly contribute to better outcomes for Māori and Pacific communities.
Terina holds a Bachelor of Science from the Victoria University of Wellington. Terina was born and raised in Wellington and has tribal affiliations to Ngāti Porou through her mother, and Ngatangiia in Rarotonga through her father.