Samoan chairs Pacific Cooperation Foundation
A Samoan, John Fiso, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation Board.
The announcement was made by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation Board of Trustees in a statement.
"It is a privilege to take on this role and I look forward to working with the board, staff and the Foundation’s partners to build on the organisation’s important work to grow connectivity between Pacific nations for shared outcomes," Mr. Fiso is quoted as saying.
"The Pacific region faces a number of challenges such as climate change, economic fragility and security, but there are also many opportunities.
"Aligned with New Zealand’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and our Government’s Pacific Reset, my priorities will be for the Foundation to meaningfully contribute to a resilient future for all of our proud nations in the South Pacific.
"We look forward to updating you on further progress in due course."
Mr. Fiso is replacing Nicole Metzger, who was Chair from 2018 to June 2020 and served as trustee from 2009.
As a well-respected leader and long-time advocate for improving economic, education and health outcomes for Pasifika in New Zealand, Mr. Fiso also served as the chair of Pacific Health Plus, a primary healthcare provider, and Whitby Collegiate in Wellington. He has also served on the boards of Ako Aotearoa, Volleyball NZ and the Pacific Business Trust.
In 2017, Mr Fiso was awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to sport, education, and the Pasifika community, and was named ‘Wellingtonian of the Year’ for services to education in 2016.
"The Pacific Cooperation Foundation staff and strategic partners, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, together thank retiring board members, Nicole Metzger and Andrew Wilson for their collective 18-year contribution to the organization."