Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga MP for Maungakiekie
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga entered parliament in 2008 as the National Party MP for Maungakiekie and has held the seat since.
Prior to parliament, Peseta Sam was elected to the Tamaki-Maungakiekie seat on the Auckland City Council and was appointed Chairman of the City Development Committee.
Peseta Sam was born in Apia, Samoa and as a child moved to New Zealand in 1974 with his family. He grew up in Mangere and was educated at Mangere Central School and Auckland Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Masters in Commerce (Hons), and Bachelor of Law degrees. Mr Lotu-Iiga credits his education as the key to unlocking so many of the opportunities he has enjoyed in life.
After graduating, he joined Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co. as a solicitor, working in the area of corporate and commercial law. He later moved to England, where he worked for Bankers Trust as a financial analyst.
While in England he graduated with an MBA from the University of Cambridge (Queens College). He has worked as an executive consultant with Macquarie Bank in Sydney before returning to New Zealand to work as a management consultant and advisor. He is an active leader in the Pacific community and holds the high chief (alii) title of Peseta. He is patron of the Maungarei Cadets, the Dolphin Theatre and the Onehunga Bowling Club. He is an active member of the Royal Oak Baptist Church and belongs to the Rotary Club of Penrose. He credits his parents for instilling in the family "Christian principles, and a diligent work ethic".
As well as being conferred the Samoan high chiefly title of Peseta, Mr Lotu-Iiga has served in a variety of roles, from coach of the Auckland under-14 rugby team to being a board member of the Primary Health Organisations of New Zealand.
Peseta Sam lives in Onehunga with his wife Jules, daughter Hope and son Luka.