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Leadership Network Advisory Board

Xavier Breed

Advisory Board Member

Xavier hails from the villages of Lotofaga (Aleipata), Matatufu, Falelatai and Falefā in Sāmoa. He is a Master of Dance Studies graduate and is currently the Pacific Policy Advisor at Universities NZ and a contemporary dance tutor at the NZ School of Dance in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).

Xavier serves on the Foundation's Leadership Network Advisory Board, has just completed his term as trustee on the NZ Dance Company board, and has been a Leadership Network member since 2018.

Xavier’s Asia journey involved studying a month at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, training for one semester as a modern dance student at Hanyang University in South Korea and another semester at the world-renowned department of dance at the Taipei National University of the Arts.


He undertook his master’s research in Taiwan and he performed, choreographed or toured with dancers to the Macau International Youth Dance Festival on three separate occasions.

In 2019, Xavier was awarded as one of the Foundation's ‘25 to watch’.

He has been invited by the Egyptian government to take his Pacific contemporary choreography ‘Pou’ and a group of 11 Pacific and Māori dancers to represent Oceania at the World Youth Theatre in Egypt.

“O le ala i le pule, o le tautua” - A Sāmoan proverb signifies that the pathway to leadership is through service.

Xavier is honoured to be serving the Foundation, its staff, and lLeadership Network members through his role within the Leadership Network advisory board.