Kaapua Smith

Kaapua Smith

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngati Awa

Kaapua is a young solo mum. Her son Te Haanea whose next election will be his first to cast a vote, so she’s inspired by ensuring there is a strong kaupapa Maori option for him and his generation to vote for in the next election.

Kaapua’s initial entry into politics was as a member of Pita Sharples campaign team in 2005. Later she would stand as a candidate for the Māori Party in 2011 (2nd on the list); in the midst of a five year period in which she served as private secretary, press secretary and advisor to Hon Dr Sir Pita Sharples and Hon Dame Tariana Turia.

Since May 2017 Kaapua has been Head of Sustainability for Contact Energy; responsible for leading Contact’s sustainability, environment, property and community partnership teams.

As a young mum, Kaapua now carries her passion and pride into her most important role – raising Te Haanea (15) and Niwa (9).

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