Kai has expertise in native title, administrative, corporations and contract law, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and governance matters. Admitted in 2011, Kai has over 10 years of experience working across a variety of social justice and regulatory issues in Australia and abroad. His experience broadly spans the regulation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations, consumer protection and disability services. Kai is also an ISO accredited management systems auditor.
Artwork: Bibi Barba, 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' (2020)
Kai also has experience advising traditional owners and Registered Native Title Body Corporates on native title matters and investigating deaths in custody. Prior to being admitted, Kai worked with the Australian Agency for International Development and the Commonwealth Ombudsman, managing projects to strengthen the capacity of public sector governance agencies in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga.
Kai's regulatory experience includes the Competition and Markets Authority (UK), the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
Kai was born in Rabaul and attended high school in Papua New Guinea (PNG). He completed his final year of high school in New Zealand, graduating with a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and Dux Award for academic excellence. In 2009, Kai obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago.
Kai credits his experience of living in PNG to his decision to pursue work that promotes self-determination for local communities and transparency and accountability in government decision-making. As a legal practitioner, he has undertaken a variety of pro bono engagements relating to discrimination and Human Rights issues for vulnerable persons. Kai has also volunteered with the Dunedin Community Law Centre (NZ), the Canberra Youth Law Centre and Amnesty International.
Kai enjoys surfing, travelling and finds his happy place whenever close to the ocean.