The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today announced that Ms Pauline Winter has been appointed Chief Executive at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (MPIA).  

Ms Winter (Te á¾¹ti Awa-Taranaki/Samoa), who is currently the Director of the Office of Pasifika Advancement at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), has also run her own company, Interpacific Limited (Ltd), specialising in governance training, strategic planning advice and mentoring services for public and private sector organisations, including Pasifika and Māori organisations, and, in addition to private sector management positions, was Chief Executive at Workbridge Incorporated, a professional employment service for people with disabilities.

A current board member of the Tertiary Education Commission, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Auckland City Investments Board and the Committee for Auckland, Ms Winter is also Chair of the Pacific Peoples Advancement Trust, and serves on the boards of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women, the Teachers’ Council Review Panel and the Auckland District Police Pacific Peoples Advisory Group.

The Ministry has the key outcomes of improving the economic wellbeing and living standards for Pasifika people and strengthening Pasifika families and communities in New Zealand.  As Chief Executive, Ms Winter will lead a Ministry of approximately 42 staff based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and will be responsible for a budget of $8.948 million this financial year.  

Mr Rennie said that Pauline Winter’s background and networks would provide unique, Pasifika specific knowledge and perspectives to help MPIA inform policy, and the design, delivery and evaluation of programmes by major Public Service agencies, especially in the education, skills and employment sectors.

“With Ms Winter leading, I am confident that the MPIA will contribute effectively to achieve the Government’s priorities for Pasifika people, work collaboratively to lift the productivity of the Public Service, and deliver on the results defined by the Better Public Services programme,” Mr Rennie said.  

Ms Winter was recently awarded a Queen’s Service Order (QSO) medal for her service to Business and Pacific Peoples in New Zealand.  

Media enquiries:  Lisa-Marie Richan, Director, SSC Communications 021 244 1361

Biography: Pauline Winter, QSO


Pauline Winter holds a number of roles including the Director of Pasifika advancement at AUT University and of her consultancy INTERPACIFIC Ltd.  

She Chairs OMEGA talent, the Pacific Peoples Advancement Trusts and NACEW (National Advisory Board on Employment issues for women), and is a Commissioner for the Tertiary Education Commission. She is also Director of the Quit Group.

Pauline was recently appointed to Auckland City Investments board (CCO) and the Committee for Auckland. She holds a number of community advisory positions including the Pasifika Advisory Group to the Auckland City Police.

She is a former Chief Executive of Workbridge Inc, and Deputy Chief Commissioner for Transport Accident Investigation Commission.

Pauline is a previous Pacific Business Woman of the Year and was awarded a Queen’s Service Order (QSO) in 2008 acknowledging her work to business and the Pacific communities.


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