A kaupapa Māori research leader, trained in environmental and Indigenous studies. Jessica demonstrates a profound commitment to uplifting the well-being of people and the land. Jessica is also a Hua Parakore (Māori organic) farmer on a small family farm. She actively engages in sustainable and culturally grounded agricultural practices. As a devotee and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, Jessica seamlessly integrates holistic well-being into her lifestyle, embodying a deep connection between personal practice and the broader context of their values.