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.