MNZM. B.A., M.A., BPlan
“As Pacific Islanders we understand that “it takes a Village to raise a Child”, it is how we have always lived. Whanau Ora enables us as a community to further develop and action initiatives and solutions from within our own “village”, that strengthen and build whanau ensuring positive outcomes for all.”
La’auli Michael Jones has a wealth of public and private sector experience having worked in tertiary education and Pacific economic development. Currently Strategic Development Manager at Matson South Pacific, a regional shipping company, La’auli is passionate about economic and social development for Pacific people both in the Pacific and here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Much of Michael’s time and energy is spent in Pacific youth and community empowerment programs, particularly in his role as Chairman of the Village Community Trust. In 1990 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific community. In 2003 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame recognizing his considerable commitment and achievements in rugby as an All Black and as a coach and player for Samoa.