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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

  • Creating bespoke approaches for policy development, implementation and review
  • Historical and contemporary research
  • Supporting Treaty Partners at governance and project levels
  • Cultural narratives and aspiration/expectation reports
  • Continuation of practice and connection with place
  • Specialist knowledge of heritage, including: identification and interpretation of heritage sites; taonga tūturu/precious artefacts; kōiwi tangata/human remains
Donelle Manihera Communications Kauati

Donelle Manihera
(Ngāi Tahu)

Effective Engagement

  • Designing and delivering place-based environmental/heritage programmes and wānanga
  • Facilitation and workshopping for policy development and implementation
  • Communicating Te Ao Māori concepts to a wide range of audiences
  • Engagement planning with project partners, clients, iwi, local and central government
  • Relationship management and supporting Treaty Partnership
  • Knowledge of Te Ao Māori & Ngāi Tahutanga, including tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori
Jason Arnold Senior Advisor Kauati

Jason Arnold
(Ngāti Pākehā)
Senior Adviser

Policy Analyst

  • Co-design and delivery of environmental and biocultural outcomes
  • Strategy and systems development
  • Analytical policy and research
  • Project management with partners, iwi, local and central government
  • Co-governance design and implementation, and diagnostic evaluation of Crown-iwi relationships
Gladys Office Manager 2022

Gladys Henderson
(Ngāti Pikiao)
Office Manager

Management Systems 

  • Designing and implementing financial policies, procedures, and processes
  • Research and design of indigenous accounting models
  • Linking budgets with drivers and outcomes
  • Project management and coordination 
  • Ensuring business performance and resilience 

“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