Nacanieli is currently the Chairperson of The Fono’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. A Chartered Accountant and Lawyer by profession, he holds LLB and BMS (Acctg) degrees from University of Waikato, an MBA from the University of Auckland and is currently a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Nacanieli has 20 years’ of working experience at senior levels in large iconic New Zealand private and public-sector organisations including Fletcher Building, Mainland, Fonterra, Masport, Auckland Regional Council, and Auckland Council. He also has extensive experience in financial management; organisational strategy, policy and frameworks development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
Born and raised in Fiji, Nacanieli has a strong connection, knowledge and experience of the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of Pacific communities. He is a Fijian community leader and past President of the Fiji Community Association of Auckland. Currently he is the co-chair of the Fijian Advisory Council of Aotearoa’s working group and the Treasurer of Queen Victoria School Old Boys, Aotearoa.
Nacanieli is interested in socio economic issues, advancement of the poor and marginalised, parliamentary politics, diversity and inclusion. He likes to follow rugby especially rugby union 7s aside. His two favourite teams are the champion Fiji rugby 7s team, and the mighty All Blacks.