Apenti is a thoughtful and charismatic leader, fluent in Te Reo, with lived experience of Tikanga Māori protocols. Apenti’s experience in education, research, Māori business development and stakeholder engagement means he plays an active role in communications and team support, and also contributes to business development activities within Jasmax.
Apenti is of Māori, Dutch and African descent. His family history is steeped in politics and advocacy which led him to study Political Science and Māori Studies at the University of Auckland. Apenti is proudly connected to his roots and is conscious his formative years were influenced by time spent in mainstream schooling, a bilingual immersion unit in Auckland and on his marae at Mangatu on the East Coast – to which he is strongly connected by his grandfather.
During his tertiary studies, Apenti was actively involved in tutoring and went on to become the Head of the Māori Student Body Tuākana at University of Auckland.
Apenti is a talented linguist, being fluent in Te Reo and Portuguese.
Between 2018 and 2019, Apenti worked as a Management Planner in Strategic Policy for the Department of Conservation in New Zealand where he was involved in the development of policy and strategy, and participated in stakeholder and mana whenua engagement processes. Prior to that, he worked for the University of Auckland as a Recruitment and Project Lead for the Faculty of Medical & Health Science on the Whakapiki Ake Project. This engages with rangatahi Māori enrolled in secondary schools to promote health as a career.