What We Do

Are you….

Looking to sell your property and feeling bamboozled by all the different options out there?

Feeling a bit harassed by all the real estate agents elbowing each other out of the way to get your business?

Not quite sure who to trust, where to go for the best information, or how to ensure you get the right price for your biggest asset?

A little gobsmacked by the eye watering amount of commission you’ll have to pay when your property does sell?

There is a better option…

Weka – a property sales solution to sell your home or business.  

We are property lawyers, selling real estate, offering you an end to end solution, and the best part… No Commission!

Like our namesake - the New Zealand native weka -  we embrace the qualities of being curious and feisty, for the benefit of our clients. 

We’ve deliberately set out to disrupt the real estate sales industry with a strong focus on client care, legal diligence, and affordable pricing.

Karen has brought about over $50m of sales to date (at June 2024).  Our mission: To bring down the cost, and eliminate the hassle, of selling your house.  


Karen Castiglione

Karen Castiglione

Karen Castiglione BA/LLB(Hons) has practised law in Central Otago since 2004. Before that (a long time ago) she worked in Wellington for a national law firm and the Office of the Auditor General.

Karen’s specialist areas are residential and commercial property, and resolution of relationship property issues.

In 2020, Karen embarked on a path-less-trodden for lawyers, and started selling real estate at a fixed success fee. The path has been very successful with happy vendors and happy purchasers enthusing how easy it was to sell, and buy, via a lawyer.

Karen wants to bring down the cost of selling residential real estate in New Zealand. Nothing like having a large goal to focus on!

Julie Read

Julie Read
Law Clerk

Julie's background as a lawyer is pretty cool. From 2013 to 2022, Julie was Director and CEO of NZ's Serious Fraud Office. Before that, Julie was Special Counsel (Litigation) with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's Chief Legal Office. Fair to say we are all pretty careful to make sure everything adds up around Julie!

Julie has joined Weka on a part time basis. We are very grateful that she's sharing her wisdom with us and Weka's clients.

Charlie Pukeiti

Charlie Pukeiti

Charlie has worn a few different hats in her working life. From joiner and timber floor installer, part-time law student, police officer and now lawyer, Charlie joined Weka in 2024. Charlie is drawn to family law work as she has a determination to help clients through relationship and family issues. In her varied career she has seen the impacts and effects on people when family relationships break down.

Charlie also loves all things houses and relishes the real estate side of Weka. She enjoys meeting and greeting people looking to sell or buy. With her German heritage, Charlie is the perfect person to help Weka's clients efficiently achieve their goals.

Russell Hall

Russell Hall
Property Specialist

Russell has over 30 years' experience in building and property development in Queenstown. He's the guy who knows the answers to building questions, and that type of guy is handy to have around.



Harry is our official greeter and unofficial document shredder. He likes pats and ham and cheering up any of our clients who need a bit of emotional support. He encourages our staff to head outside for a walk (as long as he goes as well), which is good for everyone's mental health.