Pelenato is of Tokelau and Samoa parents. Having being raised by grandparents from Tokelau, Pelenato considered himself fortunate to have a solid cultural upbringing with traditional values and principles at its core.
Mr. Sakalia has been drawn to working in transformational change space both in government and private sector. Developing partnerships between government, industry and major companies was a specialty utilising extensive stakeholder and relationship management.
In recent years, his focus has been on strategy and business development advisory work to achieve a greater work life balance.
Some of his most current work include, advising Oil Exploration Company on stakeholder engagement strategy, investigating water rights and interests for Maori Groups and negotiating to resolve issues arising from introduction of Mixed Ownership Model policy.
Pelenato is the Managing Director of Sakalia Enterprises.