Her accomplishments include:


  • Designing the international advocacy strategy concerning the 2003 foreshore and seabed reform which resulted in the first successful human rights complaint concerning Iwi being upheld by successive UN bodies
  • Developing a comprehensive corporate social responsibility framework and toolkit for Iwi and Māori organisations
  • Negotiating a number of pioneering outcomes with government
  • Appointed to a number of boards, Trusts and government advisory bodies, with leadership roles.


She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Master of Laws (First Class Honours) and then went on to lecture in the faculty in various fields (Constitutional law, Māori legal issues, Comparative indigenous rights and International law).


Extensive experience in developing integrated strategies for:

Political influence and government engagement

Relationships and partnerships


Catalytic has extensive experience in developing overarching and targeted strategies to achieve organisational outcomes and visions through political influence, strategic relationship management and reputation.



Government processes and engagement protocols

Public policy analysis

Translating organisational objectives into policy outcomes

Collaborative public policy development

Catalytic provides the highest quality public policy analysis across government, with particular expertise in identifying the optimal policy framework for organisational objectives and engaging with government at all levels to secure a conducive policy landscape and targeted policy initiatives and outcomes.



Extensive experience with:

Stakeholder engagement frameworks and processes


Synthesis of stakeholder inputs

Catalytic has expertise in developing durable and mutually advantageous multi stakeholder relationships.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Practical expertise in:

Embedding multiple dividends into the DNA of corporate strategy

Evaluating social and environmental investments

International and domestic reporting frameworks

Global trends in corporate citizenship

Catalytic has international experience in corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship.

Social Impact

Community development derived expertise in:

Measuring and evaluating social impact

Creating shared value

Catalytic has comparative experience in developing outcome KPIs and evaluating the creation of social impact.

Iwi and Māori Development and Governance

Insightful expertise with Iwi and Māori organisations across:

Tribal development

Organisational design

Governance and values based decision making

Government engagement and negotiation

Inter-Iwi collaboration

Comparative indigenous rights and development

Catalytic has a deep understanding of the unique characteristics and objectives of Iwi and Māori organisations.

Track Record

Semi-finalist Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship (for my change-the-world start up- shhh it’s in gestation)

Designed voluntary co-governance model between Iwi and Regional Council

Brokered and co-ordinated Māori Recovery Network that reached 10,000 families in the worst affected suburbs after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake

Designed and negotiated carbon farming partnership with Crown and Iwi

Lead technician to Iwi Leaders Groups on particular kaupapa and head strategist for Ngāi Tahu, negotiated number of concrete and innovative policy solutions with government

Designed successful United Nations human rights advocacy strategy

Designed first generation academic and pastoral support programme, systems and structure at University of Canterbury

Boards and Appointments

University of Canterbury Council Member

Te Ohu Kaimoana Alternate Director

Ministry of Awesome Trustee

Life in Vacant Spaces Chair

Hillary Institute of International Leadership Trustee

Department of Building and Housing—Reference and Advisory Group to the CEO (2011);

Attorney General—Technical Advisory Group on Foreshore and Seabed (2009-2010)

Minister for the Environment—Technical Advisory Group on RMA and Infrastructure (2009-2010)

Minister of Māori Affairs—Ministerial Advisory Group on Constitutional Matters (2008)