Founder, Principal Consultant | Kaitūhono Ariki
Holly Suzanne Bennett
Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao
Holly is a zealous advocate of transparent, accessible government and has a keen interest in the effectiveness of New Zealand’s regulatory systems.
Graduating with a law degree from the University of Auckland Holly’s legal career started with the Ministry of Justice, where she worked at the coal face in New Zealand’s busiest court, before moving to Wellington to work in policy. Holly was admitted to the bar in 2013 and holds a current practising certificate.
More recently Holly worked on the other side of the industry in which she now operates: as a Ministerial Advisor and In-House Legal Counsel in the Beehive.
An avid networker and proud millennial, Holly continues to look for ways to innovate government relations in Aotearoa, ensuring the expert industry is something everyone can access.
Analyst | Kaitātari
Heloisa Hartuwig De Freitas
Heloisa is a final-year Law and Arts student at the University of Auckland. She is majoring in Law, Politics, and Geography, which has fostered her interest in government relations and public law.
Born in Brazil, Heloisa has resided in New Zealand for the last ten years. Since moving to New Zealand, she has remained connected with her Latin American roots by volunteering as the Events Manager for the Latin American Business Council Young Professionals Network, which fosters business and cultural ties between New Zealand and Latin America.
Heloisa is dedicated to advocacy and community service, having championed gender equity as part of the University of Women in Law Society for the last three years, which she currently presides over as Co-President.
Intern | Teina
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu
Born and raised in Whakatāne, Wereta (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu) made the move to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2021 to pursue his lifelong ambition to work in law. After persevering through his first year, Wereta is now studying his LLB full time at the University of Auckland.
Eager to explore the diverse career pathways a law degree can provide, as well as contribute to a kaupapa Māori organisation, Wereta is interning at Awhi to explore how government relations and communications can support wider community aspirations. Outside education and mahi, he likes to keep fit, play sports and spend time with whanau.
Associate Consultant | Kaitūhono
An experienced civil servant, Gemma has worked in the public sector for the majority of her career.
A born and bred Wellingtonian, Gemma completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington.
She has a particular interest in parliamentary procedure and supporting an accessible government, working as an aide in the Office of the Leader of the House in both the 51st and 52nd Parliament’s managing legislative procedure.
In addition to her public sector experience, Gemma has both worked and volunteered in the non-for-profit sector assisting a number of government-funded community organisations.
Mark Rehua Bennett
Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao
Mark is a 40 year veteran of New Zealand’s broadcasting industry, sharing his expertise as a specialist advisor to those who require support in public relations and communications.
When Mark joined New Zealand Broadcasting in the late 1960s, he was their youngest announcer at just 18 years of age. Career highlights include working as a news anchor with TVNZ, hosting long running entertainment shows such as I Like That One Two, and assisting in the establishment of Aotearoa Radio: a strong, commercially viable mouthpiece for Māoritanga.
A serial entrepreneur, Mark has built many businesses from scratch, including establishing the first-ever sales division for a Māori radio station in New Zealand through his company The Sales Machine.