Welcome Nikki Iuli

The role of Group HR Director is a new position which demonstrates the commitment and priority that PF Olsen places on the people component of their strategy: “To Grow People”. Nikki’s background includes significant People & Culture experience gained in many varied NZ organisations from retail to FMCG to manufacturing to primary industry.

Talofa lava, Malo lei lei, Vortrag, Kia ora, Hello

And thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. I am Nikki Iuli and I am stoked to have recently joined PF Olsen as the Group HR Director.

My multicultural greeting indicates my multicultural background as a NZ born Samoan with descendants from Tonga and Germany.  I am lucky enough to belong to a family of six girls and one boy, with my beautiful parents still guiding us in love. My parent’s legacy is based on a strong work ethic and gratefulness for the gifts we enjoy and it is wonderful to pass those values on to my own children.

Having been born and bred in Auckland, my husband Veni and my two sons, Quentin and Braydon and I made the brave decision to move to Tauranga in 2016 where we currently reside. It has been a truly positive life changing transition for us to slow down a bit and rediscover our connections as a family.

My values and work ethic align well with what I have observed of PF Olsen in my very short tenure. I feel confident that my knowledge and skill set will complement the Senior Leadership Team particularly as we forge our way toward meeting a new and exciting future, built upon a rich and colourful past.

Of particular note is my recent experience with Sanford Ltd. As a publicly listed large employer in the Primary Industry, there are a number of parallels between fishing and forestry. While with Sanford I implemented initiatives around leadership development and did a lot of work on change management, specifically shifting the culture to align closer to Sanford’s values. 

Additionally, I have experienced a broad range of industries and been exposed to different ownership structures from multinationals to private equity ownership. My expertise is in developing HR frameworks to deliver specific business needs and the roles I have really thrived in involved leading companies through substantive business transformations.

I am eagerly looking forward to meeting as many people in the industry as I can, including our business partners, clients and PF Olsen employees. Sadly though, we are saying goodbye to Rachel Baucke, our HR Manager who leaves us on Friday 12 July. Therefore, one of my first challenges will be redesigning the structure of the HR team to deliver our strategic goals.

I would like to use this platform to thank Rachel for her contribution to building PF Olsen into the brand it is today. Rachel leaves the HR team in great shape and I look forward to building on her legacy.

Nga mihi