Renika Siciliano

Executive Director | Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto

Renika Siciliano

Executive Director | Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto

About

Renika provides legal and strategic advice to clients across Aotearoa and has extensive experience in matters relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Treaty settlement negotiations, Māori governance and iwi disputes. She also has a wealth of knowledge in workplace law, advising on various employment matters for both employers and employees. She believes in providing realistic solutions to clients by working within individual clients’ tikanga and principles, developing strong working relationships in doing so.

Renika has experience across various Courts and forums including representing Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki in relation to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust v Minister of Conservation. She has worked with clients in some of the first substantive matters to be heard under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act.

Renika has presented to the EMA, Waikato Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Business Network Survey and Spatial NZ on employment matters. She was also a key presenter at the 18th Annual Māori Legal, Business and Governance Forum in 2020. In 2021, NZ Lawyer named Renika in their Rising Stars list.

Renika grew up in Taranaki and moved to Hamilton to study. Outside the office she focusses on spending time with her family and is actively involved in the community, including coaching her son’s basketball and through her role on the Board of the Northern Districts Cricket Association. Renika is also a Trustee for various organisations including Flow Foundation and Puketaha Board of Trustees.

Joining the firm in 2008, Renika was appointed a Director of the firm in 2018 and appointed Executive Director in October 2020.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (New Zealand Studies) (BA)
  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB (Hons))
Bar admission

2009

Appointments
  • Board Member, Northern Districts Cricket Association
  • Trustee, Puketaha School Board of Trustees
  • Trustee, Flow Foundation