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PWWA is a regional association of organisations operating in the water and wastewater sectors whose mission is the delivery of quality water related services that enhance the well being of people throughout the region.



"Develop expertise in the Pacific for the sustainable management of water and wastewater services"



"Shaping a cohesive, proficient and robust Pacific water sector"


PWWA's strategic objectives have been derived from the Constitution and can be summarised as 4 principles below:

1. Skills Development

2. Representation

3. Collaboration

4. Uphold standards


The Association made the appoitnments during an extraordinary General Meeting held in Canberra, Australia last week.  The Board is made up of a high caliber of CEOs and Managing Directors from across the Pacific Region.

They will be responsible for the governance of the Association and oversee the work of the Secretariat headed by the newly appointed CEO Pitolau Lusia Sefo-Leau.  The Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson and Treasurer and the Sectary will serve as the Executive board which will meet on a frequent basis to oversee the PWWA.

The Canberra meeting last week also saw the heads of utilities from around the pacific coming together to work with the Australia Water Partnership and other donors on primary focus to be implemented the PWWA Development Plan.

The Association will receive capacity development assistance to the value of AU$1.5 million over the next three years from the Australian Water Partnership.

The Board of Directors:

  • PWWA Chairperson: Opetaia Ravai, (CEO, Water Authority Fiji, Fiji)
  • Deputy Chairperson: Seugamaalii Jammie Saena, (Managing Director, Samoa Water Authority, Samoa)
  • Treasurer: Jim Keary (Managing Director, Hunter H20, Australia)
  • Alternate Treasurer: Raka Taviri Jnr, (CEO & Managing Director, Water PNG, Papua New Guinea)
  • Secretary: Fuimapoao Naea Beth Onesemo-Tuilaepa, (CEO, Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Samoa)
  • Alternate Secretary: Henry Mokono, (CEO, Eda Ranu, Papua New Guinea)

Other Directors:

  • Latu Kupa, (Managing Director, KEW Consult Ltd, Samoa)
  • Joseph Batol, (CEO, Majuro Water and Sewer Company, Marshall Islands)
  • Ian Gooden, (General Manager, Solomon Islands Water Authority, Solomon Islands)
  • Gary Aitchison, (Export Manager, Hydroflow, New Zealand)


The Pacific Water and WastewaterAssociation is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Pitolau Lusia SefoLeau of Samoa, with effect from 14 November 2016

Ms Sefo-Leau brings to the organisation an extensive range and depth of knowledge and experience of the public sector having served the Samoa Government for 33 years from 1982 to 2015, including three years in 1997-2000 as a Director’s Advisor with the Asian Development Bank. During this period, she held senior leadership roles for 25 years and led major institutional and capacity building reforms and projects including some government-wide programmes.  

 Her most recent previous two appointments were as the CEO for the Ministry for Revenue and as a Deputy CEO for the Ministry of Finance.

 She has served on numerous Boards of SOEs and Government Reform Taskforces in Samoa, as well as serving as a member of regional and international Steering Committees and Management Boards such as the Oceania Customs Organisation, the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association, and the OECD Peer Review Group for Transparency in Tax Information Exchange, among others.

 The PWWA is privileged to have a leader of Ms Sefo-Leau’s caliber join the organization as its first CEO, as it embarks on a new phase of establishing the organization as a permanent regional body advocating for its members as the ‘voice for water’ in the Pacific; Institutional strengthening, capacity development and regional integration, in order to deliver the expectation of its membership and work towards improved access to water and sanitation for Pacific peoples.

 The Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) was established in 1994 operating in the water and wastewater sectors. Its mission is the delivery of quality water related services that enhance the wellbeing of people throughout the Pacific Island region.

 PWWA membership currently comprises of various Pacific water stakeholders including 28 Pacific Island water and wastewater utilities across 22 countries and component states, international water authorities and associations, private sector equipment and service supply companies, contractors, consultants and individuals.

 PWWA is looking forward to working with Pitolau.

Opetaia Ravai (Chairman)                             

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