Kapua Smith

Head of Sustainability
Contact Energy

Kaapua Smith (Tribal affiliations: Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Awa) is Head of Sustainability at Contact Energy, and oversees the Environment, Communities, Sustainability and Property & Land functions of the business. Her background is in sustainability, research, policy and communications.

A graduate of the University of Auckland (UoA), she has worked for a range of indigenous and public/government organisations such as the International Institute for Māori and Indigenous Education and Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga Centre of Research Excellence at The University of Auckland where she was a researcher and project manager; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Ministry of Māori  Development as a policy advisor; and Maori Television as a researcher for current affairs programme Native Affairs. Immediately prior to joining Contact Energy, Kaapua worked as a media and political advisor to the Minister of Maori Affairs and Minister of Whanau Ora in New Zealand.