“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 Sir Michael Jones has a wealth of public and private sector experience having worked in tertiary education and Pacific economic development. He is 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 in New Zealand. Much of his time is spent with young people and in community empowerment. He is Chair of the Village Community Trust and a Trustee of Pacific Peoples Advancement Trust. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame recognising his considerable commitment and achievements in rugby as an All Black and as a coach and player for Samoa. In 2017, he was invested as a Knight New Zealand Order of Merit.