About Weka

New Zealand’s native weka is described as curious and feisty.

At Weka Legal and Real Estate, we’re no different. Our pricing – for both traditional legal services and real estate sales – is deliberately set to be disruptive.

Curious and feisty are qualities that we are proud to embrace to the benefit of our clients.

Karen Castiglione

Karen Castiglione
Lawyer/Director

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.

Weka is Karen’s new creation and aims to bring down the cost of selling residential real estate in New Zealand. Nothing like having a large goal to focus on!

Bonnie Pryde

Bonnie Pryde
Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor

Bonnie recently returned home to Central Otago from a remote archipelago off the NW coast of British Columbia in Canada. She spent 15 years raising her two children there, building a house in the rainforest and working in First Nations Legal Advocacy and Victim Assistance.

She’s very excited to be returning to law, in particular family law, where she has a huge amount of personal experience that taught her the importance of having a lawyer to help navigate these issues, and she loves being able to give back in this capacity.

Yoga plays a big part in her life, and any spare time sees Bonnie running around with her children and trying unsuccessfully to control their new puppy.

Fleur Templeton

Fleur Templeton
Systems and Support

Fleur has worked as an HR Manager for the past 30 years, including eight years with a large national law firm. She brings a broad range of skills and valued wisdom to Weka. As Karen’s indispensable wing-woman, Fleur keeps everything in the Weka nest ticking along seamlessly.

Karyn Penno

Karyn Penno
Consultant

In her day job, Karyn is an accomplished HR practitioner. She moonlights as a consultant for Weka, showing our homes for sale in Central Otago. Karyn's bubbly personality and knowledge of the Central Otago market make her a real asset to the team.

Odie

Odie
Receptionist

Odie takes his receptionist role very seriously. You may not get offered a cup of tea or your coat taken, but you will get a huge smile and be guided to a chair (so you can more easily pat him). While Odie would undoubtedly chase a weka should he ever encounter one, at 13 years old, it would be a half-hearted effort followed soon after by a whole-hearted nap.