Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (born 02 November, 1970 in Apia, Samoa) is a New Zealand Member of Parliament (MP) for the National Party Maungakiekie electorate. His current parliamentary roles include: Chairman of the Social Services Select Committee and a member of the Commerce Select Committee.
Although Lotu-Iiga initially grew up in Faleasi’u – his mother is from Afega and his father is from Vaiala. He was bestowed the high chief (matai) title, Peseta – which is from the village of Pu’apu’a, Savaii. He is married to Jules and they have one daughter together.
Lotu-Iiga studied at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor and Masters in Commerce (Hon.), and a Bachelor of Laws. He worked as an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and for the Ministry of Land, Surveys and Environment in Apia. During his time working and living in England, Lotu-Iiga also earned his MBA from the University of Cambridge (Queens College).
Fresh out of graduating from the University of Auckland, Lotu-Iiga joined Russell McVeagh as a solicitor, specializing in the practice areas of corporate and commercial law. He later moved to England where he worked for Bankers Trust as a Financial Analyst.
While living in England, he earned his MBA from the University of Cambridge (Queens College), before moving to Sydney, Australia where he became an Executive consultant with Macquarie Bank.
In 2007 and now living in Auckland, New Zealand – he was elected as Councillor to the Tamaki-Maungakiekie seat on the Auckland City Council and was appointed as Chairman of the City Development Committee. He later resigned his council post in 2009.
Lotu-Iiga was first elected to the New Zealand Parliament as a National MP in 2008, winning the Maungakiekie seat that had been vacated by well-respected and former Samoan Labour Party MP – Vui Mark Gosche (who had held the seat since the 1996 elections). Lotu-Iiga was up for re-election in 2011, and won the Maungakiekie seat for a second term.
Lotu-Iiga is very active in what happens locally in his community – serving either as coach, chairman, board member or simply a participating member of various community activities. He has participated as:
- Coach: Auckland under 14 rugby team
- Chairman: City Development Committee
- Board member: Great Potentials
- Member: Greenlane Christian Centre
- Mentor: I Have a Dream Trust
- Rugby player: New Zealand Barbarians
- Board Member: One Tree Hill College
- Board Member: Primary Health Organisations of New Zealand
- Member: Rotary Club of Penrose
- Chairman: Table Tennis New Zealand
- Trustee: First Foundation