Kylee Katipo

Director | Waikato

Kylee Katipo

Director | Waikato


Kylee has extensive experience in Māori Land and Te Tiriti o Waitangi matters and providing legal and strategic advice to Ahu Trusts, Māori Incorporations, Whānau Trusts and Beneficial Owners of Māori Land across Aotearoa. Kylee believes in working collaboratively with clients, in a tikanga focused approach, to promote practical solutions and resolve disputes.

Kylee has significant court experience and has represented clients in the Māori Appellate Court, Māori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal. She has worked closely with Iwi groups, Māori Incorporations and Māori Trusts on significant projects and developments including commercial and property related areas involving Māori land and Marae Governance.

Kylee has served as Secretary for Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa and is currently the Waikato co-representative for Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa. Kylee is actively involved in competitions at Te Piringa Faculty of Law at The University of Waikato and has presented submissions to Parliament on Te Ture Whenua Māori Amendment Bill.

Kylee has a strong interest in community causes. She gives her time and skills to young people in the Waikato through her role as a Career Navigator Mentor at the Graeme Dingle Foundation. She is also a Trustee for the McCaw Lewis Foundation, the firm’s charitable organisation.

Kylee is a contributing author of Multicultural Lawyering, Navigating the Culture of the Law, the Lawyer and the Client K E O’Leary and M Martin-Scott (2021). She has also presented to the Community Law Waikato and the University of Waikato.

Kylee grew up in Te Kauwhata and outside of the office enjoys spending time with her whānau.

Kylee joined McCaw Lewis in 2018 and was appointed to the role of Director in October 2023.

  • Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Certificate in Te Reo Māori
Bar admission


  • Trustee, McCaw Lewis Foundation
  • Career Navigator Mentor, Graeme Dingle Foundation