Kerensa is the Chief Executive of Wakatū Incorporation, and she joined as its Incorporation Secretary and General Counsel in December 2012. Kerensa is a lawyer who has worked as a solicitor in the private sector, a legal academic at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, where she specialised in Māori legal development, public law and land law and as a Barrister. Kerensa is a graduate of Victoria University, where she was awarded a BA in History and an LLB. She has a Master of Laws in International Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland. Kerensa is the Chair of the board for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the Māori Centre of Research Excellence. She is a member of the International Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Lawyers’ New Zealand and Te Hunga Roi. Kerensa is of Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Whāwhakia descent.
Rōpata has been with the Incorporation since 2002 and in the role of General Manager Manaaki Sector since 2007. Rōpata is a graduate of Otago University and has previously worked in the education sector at secondary and tertiary level. He also holds various Trustee and Director roles within the local community and Iwi.
John is a graduate of Canterbury University and has extensive experience in senior management and financial management roles. Most recently, John has worked in the seafood, engineering and solar power industries.
Iain Sheves, Group General Manager – Property and Commercial
Scottish by birth, Iain arrived in New Zealand in 2010 along with his young family. Iain has an Honours Degree in Forestry Management, a Masters in Land Economy and is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Iain is a keen tramper and cyclist
Katrina was born and (predominantly) raised in Te Tau Ihu, but has strong whakapapa links to Taranaki. Following ten years overseas working for large law firms, Katrina returned to the “pocket paradise” of Te Tau Ihu to start her family. She then joined Wakatū, and her position encompasses all aspects of governance, together with communications and Head Office management.
Celia is a graduate of Waikato University where she attained a Masters degree with honours. She has extensive experience in teaching te reo Māori, from pre-schoolers through to adults. Celia is passionate about all things Maori and is the the proud mother of six children and ten grandchildren. She joined Wakatū in September 2009 in the role of Owner Liaison.