Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Whāwhakia

Kerensa has been the Chief Executive of Wakatū Incorporation since 2016.  She joined Wakatū as General Counsel in 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 an LLB and a BA in History. She has a Master of Laws in International Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland. Kerensa is the Chair of the board of 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 Roia, the Māori Law Society.



Te Pae Tawhiti – intergenerational planning; looking forward 500 years


What does it take to develop and implement an intergenerational plan across diverse communities and organisations?

How do you ensure a 500-year plan has impact on a day to day basis?  What is the difference between purpose, aspiration and action and why this matters.


Kerensa will discuss Te Pae Tawhiti, the 500-year intergenerational strategic plan, which was developed by Wakatū Incorporation in 2010.  The 500-year plan underpins all of the activities of Wakatū, a Māori-owned organisation with its head office based in Nelson, which works across the primary sector through its export food and wine business (Kono), to property and innovation, as well as its social and charitable enterprises.  Kerensa will talk about the challenges involved in developing and implementing Te Pae Tawhiti, which took place over five years and included a diverse community made up of the families, owners, and employees of Wakatū.  Kerensa will also talk about the role intergenerational and values based planning plays in providing alternative economic and social models for Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

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