Justine Smith

Partnerships Director, Department of Internal Affairs

Justine’s approach to leadership means connecting with, and enabling and empowering people around her with a focus on fairness, justice and equity. Acting as a bridge builder across two cultures and across different systems and ‘world views — central government, local government, and Te Ao Māori, her Pākeha upbringing and world view, and Māori whakapapa – her work has seen her put this practise into play in a myriad of roles and projects.
Justine has negotiated Treaty settlements with iwi and hapū, run the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, and is currently the Partnerships Director in the Local Government Branch at the Department of Internal Affairs. There, she leads the ‘Enhancing Relationships between Iwi/Hapū and Local Government’ portfolio of work.