Samoan businessman honored

Uluomatootua Aiono [Google+]

A Samoan businessman recognised for his success in software development only realised he had a talent for computers after getting a new calculator at university.

Cogita founder Uluomatootua Aiono has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year honours list for his services to business.

Mr Aiono says it's an honour to be recognised.

"I love New Zealand – it's one of the few places in which this royal honour could happen. I'm not the only immigrant who feels the same way. And I'm certainly not the only one, as a consequence, who thinks of himself not as a Samoan but as Samoan-Kiwi."

Mr Aiono emigrated from Samoa to Auckland with his family, growing up in Epsom before moving to Otara in 1963.

He founded Manukau-based software company Cogita in 1983 and was the first Samoan to graduate with an MBA from Otago University in 1986.


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