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Kauati offers a unique set of skills to guide strategic decision-making and ignite new ideas. 

Ailsa Cain Principal Advisor Kauati

Ailsa Cain (Waitaha,
Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu)

Diversity & Depth

  • Continuation of cultural practice and connection with place
  • Cultural heritage, environmental research, and evidence for regulatory processes
  • Creating bespoke approaches for policy development, implementation, and review
  • Supporting Treaty Partners at governance and project levels


Jason Arnold Senior Advisor Kauati

Jason Arnold
(Tangata Tiriti)
Project Lead

Biocultural Analysis

  • Legislative and policy analysis through bio-indigenous research
  • Co-design of environmental and predator free strategies and outcomes
  • Diagnostic evaluation of Crown-Iwi relationships and systems
  • Enabling and supporting strategic Treaty Partnerships and delivery of joint projects


Jason Harman Kauati

Jason Harman
(Tangata Tiriti)
Senior Advisor

Policy and Research

  • Recognition of connections, practices, and associations in policy and regulation
  • Analysis and development of cultural heritage contexts
  • Formulation of evaluation criteria for flax roots solutions and outcomes
  • Supporting Treaty partners at programme and project levels


Gladys Office Manager 2022

Gladys Henderson
(Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Tunohopu, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa)
Office Manager

Management Systems 

  • Research and design of indigenous economic and accounting models, polices, and processes
  • Embedding Mātauranga Māori in economic tools and environmental outcomes
  • Ensuring business performance and resilience
  • Strategic planning, contract, and financial management processes


Kahoki Mikaere

Kahoki Mikaere
(Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa, Tainui)
Project Administrator

People and Projects 

  • Effective and efficient project performance and delivery
  • Coordinating project contracts, milestones, and budgeting
  • Logistical support and manaaki for wānanga, hui, and advisory groups
  • Communicating heritage and environmental concepts to a wide range of audiences.


Nina Rongokea

Nina Rongokea
(Ngāi Tahu)
Environmental Advisor

Land, Water and Sky

  • Site assessments using indigenous designed and applied methods
  • Implementation pathways for environmental aspirations and expectations
  • Research support and analysis
  • Encouraging reconnection with and restoration of sites

“I congratulate Kauati on the interesting, innovative and meticulous study you have produced and look forward to the time when the methodology is adopted widely.”

Dr. Diane Menzies (Ko Rongowhakaata, Aitanga-a-Mahaki) ONZM, Dip Hort, Dip LA, MBA, MBus, PHD Resource Management