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Dr Monique Faleafa becomes the first female Pacific Island Partner at PwC New Zealand

Dr Monique Faleafa. Photo: Supplied

PwC today announced that it is expanding its Hauora health sector practice with the appointment of Dr Monique Faleafa as a new Partner to the firm. Dr Faleafa will lead the Auckland Hauora practice and play a pivotal leadership role in PwC’s National Health Practice, with a particular focus on her specialties of mental health and wellbeing.

Tamati Shepherd-Wipiiti, Partner and head of PwC’s Hauora health and wellbeing practice said that PwC is delighted to welcome Dr Faleafa.

“Dr Faleafa is passionate about supporting people and organisations to unleash their full potential and is an advocate for improving equity in health and social outcomes for Pacific Islanders and disadvantaged communities. Her views and values are closely aligned with those of PwC, in particular our Hauora health and wellbeing practice. Our Hauora practice works across a range of issues in health and wellbeing, including equity, strategy and leadership, infrastructure, digital health and commissioning,” Shepherd-Wipiiti said.

Dr Monique Faleafa. Photo: Supplied

CEO Mark Averill also welcomed Dr Faleafa.

“This is also a highly significant occasion for PwC New Zealand, our PwC Pacific Village and, we believe, the wider Samoan community. PwC NZ is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture which enables all our people to thrive, and we focus our diversity efforts on gender and ethnicity. As a daughter of Samoa from the villages of Lano, Savaii and Fusi, Safata, Dr Faleafa is the first female Samoan and Pacific Island Partner at PwC New Zealand.”

Photo: Supplied

Dr Faleafa added that she is excited to join the firm, and is looking forward to working with the team on a range of issues.

“We know that New Zealand’s Health and Disability System is facing complex challenges, and that there is a critical need to reimagine hauora for kiwis,” Dr Faleafa said.

“My focus is on working together with public and private organisations, to move forward to build sustainable and systemic change.”

A traditional Samoan ava ceremony held at the PwC Auckland office. Photo: Supplied

Dr Faleafa has served her Pacific communities in the not-for-profit sector, DHBs, academia and in business for over 20 years as a clinician, entrepreneur and businesswoman. Her local and international experience spans leadership, management, clinical and governance roles.

PwC formally welcomed Dr Faleafa with a traditional Samoan ava ceremony held at the PwC Auckland office in Commercial Bay on Friday 20 November.

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