Throw Vanessa a freshwater policy project that looks impossible and she’ll lead diverse teams to a deeply thoughtful solution, exceeding your expectations. Fully committed to everything she does, Vanessa thrives in a collaborative environment and puts peoples’ strengths where they’ll do the most good. Vanessa is Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa with whakapapa connections to Te Atianga a Mahaki. She is also a sheep and beef farmer in Wairarapa, and helps her young son rescue native fish from dry rivers during drought seasons.
Vanessa joined the company in 2018 and became a co-director in 2021. She practiced law for a large firm in Wellington before moving back to Wairarapa to start a family, do environmental planning in district councils and consultancies, and run a sheep and beef farm. Vanessa has significant experience with: