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New MDC staffer brings experience

A new senior staffer has joined the ranks of Masterton District Council [MDC], bringing with her a wealth of water infrastructure experience.

Maseina Koneferenisi is the council’s new infrastructure and assets manager, having previously worked as regional establishment director of water reform for the Department of Internal Affairs’ National Transition Unit.

She was also previously the chief executive officer for Lutra Ltd, a water and wastewater process engineering company, and her other roles have included principal advisor for business performance at Wellington Water Ltd, assets manager for Greater Wellington Regional Council, and water services manager for Horowhenua District Council.

Masterton District Council chief executive Kym Fell said Koneferenisi was a great fit for the role.

“She has more than 30 years’ experience in local and regional councils, and the public sector, and great knowledge and experience in strategy, leadership, management and implementing change.

“I am sure she will add real value to the Council’s executive leadership team.”

The Infrastructure and Assets team at MDC is responsible for water, wastewater and stormwater, as well as roading, property and parks, projects, and Hood Aerodrome.

Koneferenisi said the breadth of this role was one of the key attractions of the job.

“I was attracted by the diversity,” she said.

“It involves working with a wide range of infrastructure, and that is something that appeals to me. These are areas which directly impact ratepayers.

“I have been part of large councils, the private sector, and central government. Doing meaningful work that helps improve the lives of others is important to me, as is a sense of family and belonging. I feel MDC ticks all the boxes for me.

“Coming from a water reform programme, I am passionate about being a part of the solution in this space.” – NZLDR

LDR is local body
journalism co-funded
by RNZ and NZ On Air.


  1. This was how MDC 🤔 was going to save the thousand dollars plus. If these top experienced managers CEOS are so great how come they are unable to hold a job for long time. Maybe being groomed for the next 🤔 CEO.

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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