Governance Bio
Hera Smith
Appoint Professional

Hera Smith

10 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles
Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi    |   Ngāti Manawa

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Community Group
Iwi Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
“My background is in environmental management, treaty settlement implementation, research and development, governance and iwi development. Seek to extend and contribute my strengths; relator, futuristic, maximiser, self-assurance and strategic, and tangible outcomes that are realistic, practical and meaningful to Maori and communities”

Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles


Te Wai Maori Trust

January 2013 - December 2017 (4 years)

To advance Māori interests in freshwater fisheries through: Undertaking or funding research, development and education; Promoting the protection and enhancement of freshwater fisheries habitat; Promoting the establishment of freshwater fisheries; and Using resources to bring direct and indirect benefits to Māori in respect of their freshwater fisheries interests

Board member

Lake Ecosystem Restoration New Zealand (LERNZ)

November 2010 - November 2016 (6 years)

10-year (Outcomes Based Investment programme) multi faceted lakes based research programme aimed to identify and remediate threats to lake ecosystems, bodiversity, aquatic pest management and to provide new tools for monitoring, management and assessment, research findings and uptake by iwi, stakeholders.


Te Ariki Trust

November 2008 - November 2017 (9 years)

Te Ariki Trust (established in recognition of Te Ariki Site as part of Affiliates Te Arawa Iwi and Hapu Claims Settlement Act 2018) vested in trustees of Te Arawa / Affiliate and the Crown.

Board Member

Te Tapa Toru a Toi

April 2008 - November 2012 (4 years)

Member of Te Tapa Toru ā Toi (joint committee as part of, the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act 2005).Te Tapatoru ā Toi, is vested with management responsibilities for Te Tapui Tokotoru (the collective name of the three reserves). Moutohorā (Whale Island) Wildlife Management Reserve, Ōhope Scenic Reserve and Tauwhare Pā Scenic Reserve

Board member

Department of Conservation

January 2007 - May 2013 (6 years)

Conservation board member for Rotorua region

Executive Roles

Community Engagement Advisor

Department of Conservation

April 2018 - November 2018 (7 months)

Implementation of DOCS relationship management systems Provision of specialist advice re working with iwi, hapu and whanau and incorporation of matauranga maori approach. The design of community engagement work for landscape restoration projects in Taranaki and Te Manahuna Aoraki, and the review of the Operations community engagement planning process.

Interim Settlement Manager

Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui

September 2014 - June 2016 (1 years)

To establish the office,support trustees, development strategies, commence inaugural elections, work with Whanganui Entities and develop settlement implementation plans as part of Te Awa Tupua.

Executive Officer

Te Arawa Lakes Trust

January 2006 - June 2014 (8 years)

Settlement implementation of Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act Second in charge to CEO


Te Waananga o Awanuiarangi

Master Indigenous Studies, Maori

2014 - 2018

Te Wananga o Raukawa

Poupou, Karanga

2013 - 2013

Institute of Directors

Certificate, Directorship

2007 - 2007


BPRTM, Recreation and Environment

1995 - 1998