Kerensa Johnston

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.