You'll come to love the Poronui family. Not just because of our relaxed and welcoming attitude. But because over the time you spend with us, and the stories we'll share, we'll become like family. Another reason to come back and hunt with us in New Zealand.
Steve Smith came to Poronui as GM for Westervelt in NZ after many years of dedicated service with Fish & Game. Steve began at Fish & Game in 1984 with the Wellington and Taranaki regions before becoming regional manager for the Eastern region, based in Rotorua. Recognised for his outstanding work both regionally and at national level, Steve continues to work privately for the interests of anglers and hunters at Westervelt. Steve is a wildlife biologist and a keen advocate for long term land and resource management. He is married to Tracey and has three children.
Irish by birth and character Eve was born in County Tipperary, Ireland. She travelled to New Zealand in 1981 to follow the footsteps of a great uncle who ran away to sea and eventually settled in Wellington. The lure of the country, the people and the lifestyle were all too enticing for Eve. She has been involved in the growth of the Poronui business from primitive beginnings to a world class sporting facility. That easy-going personality with an eye for detail pervades all, and she is surrounded with a team of like minded people.
Claire joined Ben, her husband, at Poronui following their marriage some eight years ago. Claire’s interests and passion are many and varied - from horses, to food to fishing - and in particular - people. Her easy-going nature creates a relaxing atmosphere. Claire can turn her hand to anything. She can be found arranging flowers, cooking a sumptuous meal, guiding our guests on horseback or being Mum to her beautiful daughter Olivia and new son Bonner.