Kane Patena

WorkSafe NZ
Deputy Chief Executive, Operations

Presentation: The future direction and focus of WorkSafe

As Deputy Chief Executive, Operations, Kane is responsible for leading WorkSafe’s operational delivery teams that focus on Frontline Operations, Health and Delivery Support, Capability and Performance. The scope includes all work activity within Aotearoa.

Kane (Ngāti Hauā) joined WorkSafe in July 2023, having previously been Director of Land Transport and Group General Manager Regulatory at Waka Kotahi since 2019.

Kane’s extensive senior leadership experience includes his role as General Manager Strategy and Governance at Wellington City Council, where he played a key role in building the Council’s partnership with iwi. Prior to that, Kane was a Partner and Crown Prosecutor at law firm Meredith Connell, and he has also headed the national investigations and integrity services group at Housing New Zealand.