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Moliei Simi Vaai

About the Chief Executive Officer

My passion lies in driving excellence whether it be setting aspirational goals or embarking in the journey of achieving them through meticulous planning, high quality communication and managing their execution. I find immense joy in developing and coaching others and bringing perspective, creativity and innovation to achieve success. The most rewarding comes from sharing in reciprocation with people you foster trusting relationships with. These qualities have been nurtured and improved throughout years of life and work experience and by the support of the people that I have worked closely with. Upon completion of my executive MBA studies, I feel ready to take on new challenges. I aspired to be a successful leader with strategic agility and business acumen to lead successful teams. I live by the principles of hard work, honesty, reliability and self-motivation as they encompass core values instilled in me from a young age. I am blessed with a positive outlook, good character and sparkling personality that gives me a zest for life. My happy nature is infectious to those around me and those I provide service for in all walks of life. I don’t take anything for granted. I am grateful for my life experience both hardships and successes as they made me into this wonderful person and being a mother have enriched my life in many unexpected ways.

  • Te Wanga o Aotearoa – 2018
    • Te Ara Reo Maori Level 2 Certificate
  • Massey University – 2014 – 2016
    • Master of Business Administration Degree
  • Victoria University of Wellington – 1982
    • Bachelor of Arts/Economics (partial)
  • New Plymouth Girls Highschool – 1981
    • New Zealand Bursary
  • Samoa College 1977 – 1980
    • University Entrance – 1980
    • School Certificate – 1979
  • Leiififi Intermediate School 1975 – 1976


  • April 2010 – Present
    • Role: Civil Manager at High Court Auckland, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand
  • July 2009 – April 2010
    • Role: Team Leader Criminal Jurisdiction, High Court in Auckland
  • February – July 2009
    • Role: Acting Criminal Manager (6 months Secondment), Senior Court Business Unit, Justice Centre Wellington
  • May 2007 – December 2007
    • Role: Acting Civil Manager (6 months Secondment), High Court Auckland
  • July 2004 – May 2007: January 2008 – May 2008
    • Role: Team Leader Civil Jurisdiction, High Court Auckland
  • March 2003 – July 2004
    • Role: Court Registry Officer, High Court Auckland
  • 1991 – 2003
    • Role: Managing Director, K.V Enterprises Limited, Samoa
  • 1989 – 1991
    • Role: Branch Manager, Itu-Asau, Savaii Bank of Western Samoa
  • 1987-1989
  •    Assistant Manager, Vaisala Beach Resort
  • 1983-1987
  •     Office Manager , K. Vaai & Sons Limited