Kerensa is the Chief Executive of Wakatū Incorporation, which has approximately 4,000 shareholders who descend from the original Māori land owners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay Regions – Te Tau Ihu.
Kerensa is also the Chair of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the Māori Centre of Research Excellence.
A graduate of Victoria University, 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.
She also has a Masters in Laws in International Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland and is a member of the International Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Lawyers’ New Zealand and Te Hunga Roia.
Kerensa is of Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Whāwhakia descent.