First Pasifika Chair of Amnesty International NZ's board appointed

New Zealand Samoan Peter Fa’afiu, a self-proclaimed ‘proud Glen Innes boy’, is Amnesty International’s first Chair of Pasifika descent.


Peter Fa afiuHaving been a member of the board for two years, he is a specialist in communications, government, and stakeholder relations, having worked as a New Zealand diplomat and as a trade negotiator in Indonesia.


“I’m delighted to have Peter Fa’afiu as Chair. I know his long history of leadership will be a clear asset in guiding Amnesty International New Zealand’s governance team”, said Grant Bayldon, Executive Director of Amnesty International in New Zealand.


After resigning from his role as General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Engagement at the Tamaki Regeneration Company, Peter Fa’afiu recently returned to management consulting as a Partner for Navigator Limited - a business consultancy company he co-founded in 2012.


“This is an important time for Amnesty International. Human rights are under threat all around the world. The organisation has been growing rapidly here, getting more New Zealanders involved in making a difference both locally and globally”, said Peter.


“I am proud to be elected as the first Pasifika Chair of Amnesty International, and to be chairing the New Zealand section of the world’s leading and most respected human rights organisation.


“I have strong networks in the public and private sector and Pacific and Maori communities and I want to use those networks to showcase the good work Amnesty International is doing.


“I also want to use my skills to ensure that a strong governance framework is in place as we expand our reach and impact.”


Peter Fa'afiu takes over the role from Helen Shorthouse who stood down this year after six years on the Board, five of them as Chair.