Kapu Waretini found himself in leadership roles from a young age, and has dedicated his career to Maori improvement in the public sector, and local communities. Kapu has always wanted to serve his people and ensure they have the best possible access to opportunities.
Kapu’s commitment to quality accreditation for Maori organisations has been groundbreaking. His work at Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), the Ministry of Māori Development, saw him lead a team which sought to highlight Maori success and achievement for the world at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
In 2011, he oversaw the first ever accreditation granted to
a Marae in Aotearoa. He progressed further training and accreditation for Marae
across Tamaki, Waikato and Tauranga. The accreditation initiative originally
intended to prepare Maori for hosting roles with the Rugby World Cup has now
positioned these Marae to take up further tourism and business opportunities for
In 2004, Kapu worked at the State Services Commission
focussing on workplace training for young people throughout the Public Service.
As a recent addition to the executive team for the
Committee for Auckland he was responsible for bringing iwi and corporates
together to collectively achieve the Committee's goal of a better Auckland.
A natural leader, Kapu effortlessly understands and engages
with people. He is resilient, determined and always rises to a challenge. He is
well respected by his peers who believe he will achieve everything he sets his
mind to, while taking many others on his journey.
In 2015 Kapu moved to
Wellington and took up a Consultancy role with Deloittes.
Anyone can make a difference. What makes a 'good leader' stand out is the courage, conviction and strength they employ to do what they believe in. It is that innate ability to 'stand up', to cast off the shackles of doubt, embarrassment and worry and speak for what you believe in. ”