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FANZ's newest board member has a rich background

Financial Advice NZ has a new independent director with a varied background with little of it in financial services.

Friday, June 2nd 2023, 5:25PM

Peter Fa’afiu appointed new independent director by FANZ board.

Financial Advice New Zealand’s newest independent board member is Peter Fa’afiu. He replaces David Kneebone, whose term has expired.

Fa’afiu comes to the board with extensive governance experience across media, human rights, vocational training, community housing, sports administration, and education services.

He describes himself thus: “Former diplomat, trade negotiator, strategist, lobbyist, co-founder of a major consulting business, community and government relations manager with an emphasis on relationship building and delivering tangible results.”

“Significant experience in stakeholder engagement across a diverse mix of stakeholders - government, local government, small business, media, corporate, community including mana whenua/Iwi, ethnic, migrant and Pacific peoples.

“Strong advocate for delivering outcomes through collaborative partnerships. A reputation amongst the business community and government ecosystem for delivering long standing results during challenging times.

“A leader that provides excellence, clarity, focus, motivation and inspiration to a team - a builder of future leaders. An executive with an aspirational narrative seeking to leave a positive legacy in each role.”

He is a co-founder and partner of management consultancy Navigator NZ. Other board roles include being the vice chair, international board of Amnesty International;  chair of the Monte Cecilia Housing Trust; independent director of the Lower Hutt City Council’s  CCO Urban Plus which  manages council’s  housing portfolio and property development.
Fa’afiu  is an independent director of Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union and a board member of Auckand’s Sacred Heart College. To see his other roles view his LinkedIn profile here.

Financial Advice board chair Heather Roy says Fa’afiu brings particular skills in the areas of strategy implementation, stakeholder engagement, mana whenua (Māori land) and iwi/mātāwaka (tribal) engagement, strategic communications and media management.

Fa’afiu says, “I’m looking forward to using my diverse skills on the Financial Advice NZ board. I’ve had governance experience of membership organisations both in New Zealand and internationally.”

“New Zealanders are facing some challenging financial decisions so a growing professional, respected, and trusted industry body for Financial Advisers is needed now more than ever.”

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