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About Hawaiki

From conception in 2012 to completion in 2018, Hawaiki is the realisation of our dream for greater connectivity across the Pacific. With the advantages of being carrier-neutral and having unrivalled future-proof capacity, Hawaiki is a game changer for Telcos, ISPs, Cloud service providers and others in the region.

Our Vision

Hawaiki is the mythical island home of the Maori, from where they bravely ventured thousands of miles in open canoes across the Pacific.

This spirit of innovation and desire to connect with the wider world has inspired us to eliminate the distance between all Pacific communities, through the provision of affordable, faster and higher broadband capacity.

Hawaiki’s transoceanic telecommunication infrastructure linking Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the United States heralds a new era of international connectivity, bringing socio-economic benefits for businesses and consumers across the Pacific region.

Our goals

  • 01

    Improve trans-Pacific connectivity and diversity

  • 02

    Introduce true competition in the market

  • 03

    Reduce cost for consumers and businesses

  • 04

    Eliminate the double tyranny of distance and over-priced bandwidth to stimulate economic growth

Board of Directors

The Hawaiki Board draw on a wealth of entrepreneurship, business experience and industry knowledge to guide the direction of the company.

Sir Eion Edgar

Chairman

Sir Eion has extensive corporate experience in New Zealand, currently being Chairman of the Forsyth Barr Group Ltd, Edgar Olympic Foundation, NZ Dementia Prevention Trust, Queenstown Resort College and the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust. He is a Director of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, a Life Trustee of the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and Patron of Diabetes NZ, NZ Football Foundation, NZ Sports Hall of Fame, Queenstown Trails Trust and ShelterBox NZ.

Sir Eion was formerly Chancellor of the University of Otago, Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. He was also formerly a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Accident Compensation Commission and Vero Insurance, and was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Remi Galasso

Director

Remi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiki. He is a telecom industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience. Prior to Hawaiki, Remi created Intelia in 2005, a leading supplier of telecommunication infrastructure networks for the Pacific Islands region.

Remi’s previous experience includes senior positions in Vietnam, Malaysia and Oceania for Alcatel-Lucent, including Country Senior Officer for the Pacific Islands from 2001 to 2005. Remi graduated from Tours business school (France) and holds a Bachelor of Business.

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Malcolm Dick

Director

Malcolm has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector over the past 25 years. After developing and serving as Managing Director of Netway Communications in 1982 - a joint venture between Telecom NZ and Freightways Group - he founded Call Australia Pty Ltd. Malcolm built the business into one of Australia's leading telecommunications providers, before Call Australia was sold to RSLCOM in 1997.

He then founded CallPlus Ltd in New Zealand (1997) and grew it to be the third largest fixed-line telecommunications service provider in New Zealand with its brands CallPlus, Slingshot, Orcon, Flip and voip provider 2Talk. The CallPlus group of companies was sold to Vocus Communications in 2015. He has served as a Director of a number of telecommunications services in New Zealand and Australia including Argent Networks, CallPlus, ihug, Swiftel and People Telecommunications. He is currently developing Blue Reach Ltd, a New Zealand-based fixed-line replacement mobile network business.

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Greg Tomlinson

Director

Greg is a Christchurch-based businessman and investor with 40 years’ experience owning, managing and building businesses.

An early pioneer of the mussel industry of Marlborough, he established Tomlinson Group with active investments in the aged care, animal pharmaceutical, finance and wine sectors. Greg and his wife Jill support a variety of charities in New Zealand and abroad.

Roger Lloyd

Director

Roger has over 20 years of fund management and investment banking experience. He has been the Managing Director of Palisade since January 2014 and is a member of Palisade’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Palisade, Roger spent 2 years with Perpetual Investments, including as Head of Infrastructure and 12 years with Macquarie Bank and Bankers Trust. Roger is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business from Kuring-gai College (now University of Technology Sydney).

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Mike Reynolds

Director

Mike has been an Investment Director at Palisade since 2016. Mike’s previous experience includes 3 years as an Investment Director at CP2 Limited, responsible for origination and asset management of CP’s infrastructure investments.

Prior to CP2, he spent 10 years in investment banking as Vice President at Deutsche Bank, along with similar roles at Barclays Capital and ABN AMRO, in both Australia and the UK. Mike is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Finance and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

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Tex Edwards

Director

Tex has 15 years’ experience in investment banking in New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States. He also has 15 years of telecommunications sector experience in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.

After several years pioneering the financing of African Telecommunications from London in the late 90s, Tex founded the start-up of New Zealand’s third mobile operator, 2degrees, in 2002. Tex initiated vital changes to the New Zealand Telecommunications Act 2001 to make a third operator possible in New Zealand and successfully raised the first block of capital for 2degrees. He has worked in senior strategy and regulatory roles for over a decade before selling out of 2degrees mobile in 2016. Tex has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and qualified as a Corporate Treasurer in London in 1992 (MCT).

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Ludovic Hutier

Director

Ludovic is the Chief Operating Officer of Hawaiki and has over 20 years’ experience in the telecom industry. Prior to joining Hawaiki, Ludovic was the General Manager of Intelia, leading the successful development of the company from 2005 to 2015.

His previous experience includes senior positions in Asia and Oceania for Alcatel-Lucent from 1997 to 2005. Ludovic graduated from Dunkerque Business School (France) and he holds a Bachelor of International Business.

Leadership Team

The Hawaiki leadership team includes some of the industry’s most experienced executives, all focused on developing and delivering state-of-the-art connectivity solutions.

Rémi Galasso

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ludovic Hutier

Chief Operating Officer

Laurent Le Breton

Chief Financial Officer

Virginie Frouin

Chief Sales Officer

Florent Blot

Chief Network Officer

Georges Krebs

Chief Technology Officer

Peter Missingham

General Counsel

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