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

Kauati Team Member Ailsa Cain

AILSA CAIN (Waitaha,
Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu)

Diversity & Depth

  • A breadth of experience in policy development, implementation and review
  • Strategic and gaps analysis
  • Historical and contemporary research
  • Simplifying complex information
  • Public speaking
  • Legislative compliance and implementation
  • Operational processes and tools
  • Briefing governors, councillors and ministers
  • Specialist knowledge of Te Ao Māori, including:
    • Identification and interpretation of heritage sites
    • Taonga tūturu/ precious artefacts and koiwi tangata/ human remains
    • Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi negotiations and protocols
    • Management of Māori lands
Kauati Team Member Donelle Manihera

(Ngāi Tahu)

Effective Engagement

  • Engagement planning with project partners, clients, iwi, local or central government
  • Facilitation and relationship management
  • Structuring complex information
  • Experience delivering place-based educational programs, centred on Ngāi Tahutanga
  • Risk management and Outcomes Framework for Iwi Capability
  • Knowledge of Te Ao Māori & Ngāi Tahutanga including:
    • Tikanga Māori
    • Te Reo Māori
    • Māori resource planning

"There is no kite flying here, this is rock solid stuff."

James Winchester, Partner at Simpson Grierson