Elisapeta Heta

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Elisapeta (Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui, Sāmoa, Tokelau) is an Architectural Designer committed to helping design teams effectively integrate cultural design elements into their projects. She sees design as an opportunity to creative positive social outcomes for the communities she cares for and uses her knowledge and networks to ensure cultural needs are met on community projects. She is currently working on the Parihaka Visitors Centre and North Shore Hospital Marae for Waitemata DHB, and has worked on the New Zealand Pavilion for the World Expo in Dubai, Western Springs College Ngā Puna o Waiorea for MoE, and Puhinui Station for Auckland Transport.

Elisapeta was the co-founder of Waka Māia, Jasmax’ Māori Design Advisory group, who look to embed kaupapa Māori thinking and Mana Whenua engagement into projects, processes and strategy. She currently works across the community in multiple roles through governance, advisory and advocacy roles.