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Director Policy, Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation

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Kayla is the Director of Policy at Te Papa Atawhai / Department of Conservation.

Previously she served for three years as Principal Advisor (and earlier, Private Secretary) to two successive Ministers of Conservation. Kayla has extensive experience in the machinery of government, and has led programmes of cross-agency and collaborative work on policy issues relevant to indigenous rights and interests.

In 2019 she was appointed by the Minister for Māori Development to the technical advisory group for a plan to realise the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Kayla has a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral and master’s theses focused on Treaty law, indigenous customary law and legal pluralism in the context of natural resource management.