Renata is a senior associate in our Māori legal, projects and real estate and corporate teams. His practice focuses on advising Māori on commercial and governance matters and strategic projects, assisting forestry businesses with the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and carbon-forestry related advice and government procurement and probity. He also has significant commercial property experience, advising on large scale property and infrastructure projects.
Advising a broad spectrum of clients, including central and local government entities, large and small iwi, hapū and Māori land trusts and large New Zealand and international businesses, gives Renata a deep understanding of the markets our clients operate in.
Renata is on a lifelong journey to learn te reo Māori me ona tikanga, and he is committed to weaving te ao Māori into his day-to-day as much as he can.
Outside of Bell Gully, Renata holds the position of director of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu GP Limited, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Te Waipounamu (the South Island). He is also a committee member of the Rakiura Tītī Islands Administering Body, the body responsible for controlling and managing 18 islands surrounding Rakiura (Stewart Island). In 2013 Renata attended the First Nations’ Futures Programme at Stanford University as a Ngāi Tahu fellow.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tahu Property
Providing settlement application, commercial and governance advice to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tahu Property. This has included providing ongoing advice in relation to the application of the iwi’s statutory right of first refusal.
Advised Ngāi Tahu Property on its negotiation and entry into a partnering agreement with Queenstown Lakes District Council relating to the development of various civic and commercial property assets in central Queenstown.
Tūhourangi Tribal Authority and Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa
Tūhourangi Tribal Authority and Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa on the implications of the proposed Ngāti Rangitihi settlement and the resolution of certain overlapping claims. This includes assisting with the negotiation and drafting of an inter-iwi agreement, the drafting of the Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill and advising the iwi on the processes in relation to the on-transfer of interests in Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Ōtūkapuarangi (which is believed to be the site of the ‘Pink Terrace’).
Tainui Group Holdings
Tainui Group Holdings on its commercial office development in Hamilton for the Accident Compensation Corporation, including in relation to the procurement and contracting with project consultants.
Advised Tainui Group Holdings on a fisheries-related matter in relation to the Maori Fisheries Act 2004.
Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities
Advising Kāinga Ora in relation to various aspects of the proposed eastern Porirua Skills and Employment Initiative. This included assisting with tender documentation and providing probity advice throughout the procurement. Renata also assisted with preparing the premises sublease and negotiating and finalising the services agreement.
Advising Pharmac on contracting matters in relation to the listing of medicines and medical devices on the Pharmaceutical Schedule, including recently advising on a supply agreement for an anti-viral medicine to manage patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Aquila Capital Timber Investment Fund S.A. SICAV-SIF
Advising ACTIF, a large European-based fund, on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme implications of various forest asset acquisitions, including assisting with due diligence, drafting transaction documents and assisting with completion.
New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme – forestry sector changes
Advising various organisations (including a local authority) on the recent reforms to the forestry sector aspects of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. This has included advising a large forestry owner, a subsidiary of one of New Zealand’s largest landowners, on certain of the proposed changes to the forestry regime.
Crown Infrastructure Partners
Advising Crown Infrastructure Partners on probity and procurement matters for various strategic infrastructure projects.
Providing probity and procurement advice to CIP in respect of the government’s Next Generation Critical Communications procurement.
Advised CIP on various probity and procurement related aspects of the government’s rollout of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two / Mobile Black Spots (RBI2/MBS).
Wellington City Council
Advising Wellington City Council on numerous civic and commercial property development projects, including sales and leasing and Public Works Act 1981 transactions.
Precinct Properties on its acquisition of the Freyberg Building in Wellington.