Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
Member of NZ Parliament and Co-Chair of New Zealand – USA Parliamentary Friendship Group
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga was born in Apia, Samoa, and moved to New Zealand as a child. He grew up in South Auckland, and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Commerce and his Bachelor of Laws from Auckland University. While at university, he worked as an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and at the Ministry of Land, Surveys and Environment in Apia. After graduation, he joined the firm of Russell McVeagh as a solicitor working in the area of corporate and commercial law. He later moved to England, where he was a financial analyst for Bankers Trust. He went on to earn his MBA from the University of Cambridge (Queens College) before moving to Sydney where he worked as an executive consultant with Macquarie Bank.
After returning to New Zealand, he was elected to the Tamaki-Maungakiekie seat on the Auckland City Council in 2007, and was appointed Chairman of the City Development Committee. In 2008, he was elected as the MP for Maungakiekie. He currently serves as Deputy-Chairman of the Commerce Select Committee, and he is a member of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. He is on the boards of the First Foundation and the Great Potentials Foundation, and serves as a patron of the Maungarei Cadets and a mentor for the I Have a Dream Trust. He was bestowed the Samoan chief title of Peseta.