Jenna Smith


Jenna is the current Chief Executive of Pouarua  – a diverse Māori Agribusiness encompassing Dairy, Arable, Beef & Horticulture on the Hauraki Plains. Jenna also holds a number of governance roles in Agri related businesses. As a 2024 Nuffield Scholar, Jenna is currently researching sustainable land use alternatives on peatlands.

Jenna has extensive corporate agriculture experience across Waikato, Canterbury, Otago and Southland, having previously worked for SOE Pāmu, and syndicated overseas investment farming portfolios. During this time, she has always “kept a gumboot in the grass” through her and her husband’s farming businesses.

With 2 primary aged children and a love/hate relationship with ultra-marathons – the family are often in various parts of the motu enjoying the beautiful outdoors.