Natasha Kuka

Senior Consultant
Wellington Office

Natasha is an experienced advisor with a deep understanding of government processes and astute relationship management skills.

Natasha is skilled at grasping new issues and helping clients to find solutions that work. She has more than 14 years’ experience in economic and social policy, with particular strengths in advising Ministers, regulatory design and implementation, and project leadership.

Her strong track record in managing stakeholder engagement includes demonstrated skills working across culturally diverse communities and where there are competing perspectives.

Examples of Natasha’s work include:

• Advisor to the Board and Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive) of Te Mātāwai – the new agency responsible for the revitalisation of te reo Māori on behalf of   iwi and Māori.

• Advisor to the Ministry of Education on the update of Te Whāriki, the early learning curriculum.

• Establishment of the ICT Graduate Schools, a new initiative for industry-focused education and research that builds connections between tertiary education providers and high-tech firms.

• Development of the operational policy for the Business Research and Development Grants.

• Establishment legislation for Callaghan Innovation, the Crown agency created to lift innovation in New Zealand.