Tonga update 2007
As a New Zealand based economist, Paul has over the last two decades undertaken research for a wide range of public and private sector organisations, addressing local, national, and cross-national issues. Paul is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, School of Government, Victoria University, Wellington. Paul's recent research has focused on the changing patterns of paid and unpaid work at the level of both the individual and the family. This has included research on fertility and 'family-friendly' policies; changes in educational participation of women and men; the changing role of fathers within families; as well as ethnic differences in labour market outcomes. Other recent research has included a study of ethnic intermarriage in New Zealand and a project on gender and migration.
Tony Everitt is currently the Chief Executive of south-pacific.travel, Suva, Fiji and south-pacific.travel markets and develops Tourism in the South Pacific. A team of 10, serving 14 state members from Papua New Guinea in the west to Tahiti in the east, plus 200 private sector members including airlines, hotels, activity and tour operators, and travel agents. Previously, Tony worked for Tourism New Zealand and he held three executive roles including Regional Manager Japan (Tokyo), Manager Marketing Operations (Wellington), and Regional Manager Asia (Singapore). Tony has managed marketing teams working with industry players to develop and implement tourism marketing programmes for New Zealand. Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University, where he won a Senior Prize International Business. Tony also completed a Bachelor of Forestry Science with first class honours from Canterbury University.
Geoff Fox has responsibility for advising on issues of equitable rural growth, private sector development, sustainable natural resource management, social development and poverty reduction within the agency. Prior to joining AusAID he worked for the World Bank for 27 years, including as Director of Rural Development, Asia and the Pacific.
Debra Grogan is Managing Editor of Asia Pacific Press and Associate Editor of the Pacific Economic Bulletin (PEB). Debra became involved with the organisation of the Pacific and PNG Updates in 1997 and continues her interest in the region through book publishing and the Pacific Economic Bulletin. Most recently, Debra travelled to PNG to facilitate the first meeting of the PEB's Regional Board and to participate in the Pacific Workshop on Agriculture Research.
|Hon. Bruce Hunt
Mr Hunt is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with extensive experience in South Pacific issues. He has twice served as the Director of the Papua New Guinea Section in the department (1990-1994 and 2000-2002). In addition to a posting as First Secretary in the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby (1985-1987) he has also served as Chief Negotiator with the Bougainville Peace Monitoring Group (1999). Mr Hunt was a member of the Solomon Islands Taskforce in 2003 which oversaw the deployment of the RAMSI contingent to the Solomon Islands. Most recently in the department he headed the Pacific Bilateral Section. Overseas, he has served in Tel Aviv, Harare, Bonn and San Francisco. He has also served as Acting Head of Mission in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cyprus on short term missions. Educated at Macquarie University, Mr Hunt holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in history and a Diploma of Education. He also holds a PhD in history from the University of New England. He is a fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College.
Peter Larmour is a Reader in the Policy and Governance program in the Crawford School at The Australian National University. He is currently doing research on anti-corruption policies and teaches a course called 'Corruption and Anti Corruption'. He is currently writing on a book on corruption in the Pacific Islands, and editing a book (with Luis de Sousa) called 'The New Integrity Warriors', being published by Routledge. His book 'Foreign Flowers: institutional transfer and good governance in the Pacific islands' was published by the University of Hawaii Press in 2005. His PhD was on land policy in Melanesia and he taught at the University of Papua New Guinea during the 1980s.
Joyce is currently Governor of the National Reserved Bank of Tonga. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the, University of Otago, New Zealand and a Master of Economic Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. She commenced her professional career as an Economist with the Ministry of Finance in 1988 and later joined the National Reserve Bank of Tonga as a Research Officer in 1993.
Viliami Manu is Deputy Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries. Dr Manu holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Soil Science from the University of New England and a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Canterbury. He currently manages the Research and Extension Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries.
Siope served under the Trade Policy Unit of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries as a Trade Policy Officer for seven years. Siope is currently undertaking his PhD Research on Trade Policy at the Crawford School of Economics and Government, at the Australian National University. His PhD dissertation focuses on trade liberalisation with particular focus on the multilateral trading system and Small Island States.
|Malia Viviena 'Alisi Numia Afeaki Taumoepeau
Alisi Numia Taumoepeau is Solicitor General at the Crown Law Office.
Maree Tait joins Ron Duncan as editor of PEB and manages the Pacific Outreach Program which facilitates some 20 community and policy discussions on the Island Pacific countries each year. She manages GDLN - Australia, out of the Crawford School, and is a founding member of the governing committee of GNLN - Asia Pacific. She initiated a Pacific Leaders Virtual Forum. Maree was Founding and Managing member of Asia Pacific Press, 1996 unitil early 2007 and formally Editor for National Centre for Development Studies, publishing over 400 monographs. She was Executive Editor of the Cambridge Series on Trade and Development and of Asia Pacific Press.
|Hon. Siosiua Tuitalukua Tupou Utoikamanu
Hon. Sosiua 'Utoikamanu was appointed the Minister of Finance in 2001. He has been the Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga since 1991. Amongst his many post prior to been the Governor, he was in 1989 - Acting Finance Manager at the Tonga Commodities Board, in 1987 - Acting Director of Planning at the Central Planning Department and in 1984 - Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Finance. Hon. Sosiua 'Utoikamanu holds a Masters of Social Science in Development Finance from the University of Birmingham at the United Kingdom, a Masters of Commerce and Administration (MCA) with Honours, from the Wellington University of Victoria in New Zealand.
Bob Warner is International Projects Manager at the Centre of International Economics. He has worked for the Industries Assistance Commission and the World Bank. Bob's areas of expertise include trade, investment and industry policy, assessing the socioeconomic effects of integration, and governance and institutional development.