New Samoa Trade Commissioner to make debut at Independence Day Buisness Networking Event in Auckland.
Today marks 56 years since Samoa gained Independence and we are celebrating this momentous occasion with our Samoan business community in Auckland, New Zealand.
Samoa Business Network Inc has partnered with New Zealand Samoa Trade & Investment Commission (NZSTIC) to co-host a Business Networking Event to celebrate Samoa Independence Day which is staged to take place at the Fale o Samoa - Samoa House in Mangere on Thursday 7th June, 2018.
The theme of the evening is 'Celebrating our Samoa/NZ Trade & Business Relationship' - focusing on building stronger connections between Samoan based and NZ based Samoan owned businesses.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be the newly appointed Samoa Trade Commissioner, Magele Mauiliu Magele. Guest speakers to include Founding Member and Commissioner of NZSTIC David Wong Tung, In-Country Programme Manager of High Tech Youth Samoa Moananu Tyrone Laurenson and one other speaker yet to be confirmed. Our speakers will be speaking to the theme of the evening with our guest speakers sharing their experiences of doing business both in Samoa and New Zealand as well as the importance of partnerships.
This event also serves as Magele's introduction to members of SBN and NZSTIC, stakeholders, community leaders and wider business community and will also be his first public speaking engagement in New Zealand.
We welcome anyone that is keen to network and connect with the Samoan business community.
Ia manuia tele lou 56 tausaga talu ona e tutoatasi Samoa! Happy 56 years of Independence Samoa!
Independence Day Business Networking Event
'Celebration our Samoan/NZ Trade & Business Relationship'
Thursday 7th June, 2017 - 6pm
Fale o Samoa - Mangere
Entry: $35pp SBN/NZSTIC Member & $45 Non-Member
To book tickets: Click Here!
INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT - SPEAKER PROFILES
Magele Mauiliu Magele - Samoa Trade Commissioner
Keynote Speaker, le afioga ia 'Magele Mauiliu Magele' - the new incoming Samoa Trade Commissioner to NZ.
Magele is a former student of Vaipouli & Samoa College. Holds a Bachelor of Education from University of the South Pacific, Fiji (USP) & a Masters of Educational Administrations from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Prior to his appointment to Trade Commissioner, he ran his own consulting business called Tanoa Consulting. This was after 5 years serving the Government of Samoa as Minister of Education, Sports & Culture & was also responsible for the National University of Samoa (NUS), Samoa Qualification Authority (SQA), the National Archives & Records Authority and Chair of UNESCO’s Local Commission Secretariat.
A former Vice-Chancellor & President of NUS, Founding Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Polytechnic (SP), former Principal of Western Samoa Technical Institute.
This event will be his first public speaking engagement in NZ as Trade Commissioner.
David Wong Tung – Founding Member and Commissioner of NZSTIC
David avid has 32 years’ experience as a lawyer, independent company director, business developer and entrepreneur. He is currently an Honorary Special Projects Advisor to the Prime Minister of Samoa.
He was a Founding Member and Commissioner of the New Zealand and NZSTIC and Pasifika Leadership Foundation Trustee.
David has mentored a range of New Zealand, and Samoan based businesses. His specialist expertise in extractive industries and resources in New Zealand and the Pacific.
Significant businesses developed include Auckland Council joint venture property investment and development, SOE purchase from Samoan government, finance and money exchange company, international trading, large scale processing, manufacturing and export of primary produce, contract wine purchase, branding and export, gold mining, extractive minerals and landfill investments. Currently investment, business development, revenue building and pre-IPO structuring of a technology start-up for IPO in 2 years in Singapore and Hong Kong.
David holds both a Bachelor of Laws and an Executive MBA from the University of Auckland.
Tyrone Laurenson – In Country Programme Manager, High Tech Youth Samoa
Moananu Tyrone Malaesaili Laurenson, In Country Programme Manager for the High Tech Youth Project in Samoa (funded by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Partnerships Fund).
The High Tech Youth Project is an exciting project, which will give youth in Samoa access to online learning tools & technology, based in Vaivase-Tai.
Moananu hails from the villages of Lufilufi, Lepea & Vaimoso. He served in the NZ Police Force for 25 years and was a recipient of the 1990 New Zealand Commemoration Medal & Erebus Special Medal.
Moananu has worked in various roles in Samoa since 2008, including Registrar at the National University of Samoa, Administration Manager of the AusAID funded Samoa Police & Prisons Service Institutional Strengthening Project 2004-2006 and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Oceania University of Medicine.
Moananu will be sharing his experiences, as a NZ born Samoan, returning home to work and contribute to Samoa through a range of projects. He will also be sharing some of the specific successes and challenges of implementing the High Tech Youth Project in Samoa.
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