Pacific Business Trust appoints new CEO

The Pacific Business Trust (PBT) have announced the appointment of Kim Tuaine, of Cook Islands descent, as its Chief Executive Officer.


With a strong background as a business owner in the legal sector, the Trust says Kim brings more than 13 years’ experience as a specialist Australian migration solicitor/lawyer to the position.


Having successfully established two law firms in the highly competitive Sydney market, she has a proven track record in business management and development and a solid commercial background, servicing an international corporate client base.


Her most recent business venture was establishing Supra Legal, a boutique Sydney CBD law firm specialising in corporate migration practice. Kim established the firm strategically to facilitate her succession from legal practice while leveraging her expertise and client-base.


Now focused on exploring other business opportunities and growing Pacific enterprise, Kim is excited to start her new role at PBT just weeks before the Trust hosts the 10th National Pacific Business Awards, the first since 2010. 


“The awards are a great opportunity to meet Pacific business leaders, as well as those that are emerging,” says Kim.


“This role provides a genuine opportunity to make a huge difference to the lives of Pacific people in New Zealand and my aim is to help launch more innovators and entrepreneurs, which this country has a growing reputation for.” 


Kim knows what it’s like to represent minority groups having started her law career predominantly in onshore protection for people who had reached Australia to seek asylum. 


She was one of very few lawyers in Australia to access international legal remedies under the First Optional of Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights.


In her role at PBT she is determined to strengthen and grow the Trust, now in its 31st year.


“Having not lived in New Zealand for a long time, I come with a sense of objectivity. From my professional experience, there is a lot of cultural capital that people who aren’t the majority, like Pacific people in New Zealand, feel excluded from. Because of my background, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help break that down, and give people the skill and confidence to move in any kind of world.”


PBT chair Fa'amatuainu Tino Pereira says Kim brings new energy and a significant skillset around creating and establishing successful businesses.


“She provides a broader understanding of policy settings in which the Pacific Business Trust will operate in its relationship with government, as well as a dedication to achieving excellence and success,” he says.


“We are very confident Kim will deliver for the Trust.”