Wed 19 Apr 2023 AT 7:15 am , Wellington

Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Laulu Mac Leauanae, Chief Executive – Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Join the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team for a light breakfast and the opportunity to meet Laulu Mac Leauanae, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Come at 7.15am for breakfast, the speaker will start at 7.45am, it's an early start but well worth the effort to hear Laulu Mac Leauanae discuss first-hand his career path, highlights and challenges. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Laulu Mac Leauanae as well.

About the speaker:

Laulu Mac Leauanae is te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Taonga, Secretary for Culture and Heritage and Chief Executive, taking up this role in October 2022. He has over 15 years of senior management experience and joined Manatū Taonga from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, where he was Secretary for Pacific Peoples and Chief Executive. During his tenure, Laulu Mac Leauanae led a significant transformation of the Ministry, including the launch of the All-of-Government Pacific Wellbeing Strategy, which is focused on transforming the public service system to be more responsive to Pacific peoples’ needs and aspirations.

Prior to this, Laulu Mac Leauanae was Chief Executive of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, and has worked across a variety of private sector and governance roles. He holds an LLB from the University of Auckland, an MBA from Henley Management College (UK), and recently completed the Executive Public Service Leadership Programme at the Oxford University Blavatnik School of Government.

Laulu Mac Leauanae has āiga (extended family) connections with the villages of Fa'ala, Iva and Sa'anapu in Samoa. His matai title Laulu is from Fa'ala where it was bestowed in a traditional saofa'i ceremony in July 2010. In January 2023, our Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive was honoured to be bestowed the Leauanae title. The Leauanae title is a tulafale / ali’i title, which means Leauanae Laulu Mac has a speaking chief and high chief title, enabling him to contribute to the speaking and decision making in his village of Iva, Savaii.

You can read more about Laulu Mac Leauanae in this Public Sector Journal article from December 2017: