Elisapeta Heta




Auckland, New Zealand


Elisapeta Heta (Ngātiwai, Ngāpuhi, Waikato Tainui, Sāmoan, Tokelauan) is the Principal and Kaihautū Whaihanga – Māori Design Leader at architecture firm Jasmax, and an artist and writer living in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa. 

In 2016 Heta, along with three others, founded the roopū Waka Māia within Jasmax, to respond to the growing demand for opportunities to support and enhance kaupapa Māori thinking and outcomes in projects with clients and Iwi across Aotearoa and internationally. 

Through her role and time at Jasmax she has worked on Western Springs College, Ngā Puna o Waiorea, the New Zealand Pavilion at World Expo 2020, and the City Rail Link. She was the first director on the Te Kahui Whaihanga NZIA board to represent Te Kawenata o Rata, and Ngā Aho (2016–2019). 

Through her art practice, Elisapeta, in collaboration with John Miller (Ngāpuhi), took the exhibition Pouwātū: Active Presence to the Sydney Biennale NIRIN 2020, and brought it home to Objectspace in Tāmaki Makaurau (March–May 2021).


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