Elisapeta Heta: Finalist for NAWIC Awards

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Heidi North

Architectural graduate and Waka Māia (Jasmax’s cultural advisory group) co-founder Elisapeta Heta, has been named a finalist in the Rising Star (office-based) category of the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards. The Rising Star Award seeks to highlight and celebrate the achievements of up-and-coming women leaders in the industry.

Jasmax peers and colleagues Rameka Tu’inukuafe, Brendan Himona and Haley Hooper and Elisapeta co-founded and formalised Jasmax’s cultural advisory group, Waka Māia, in 2015. Since then the group have influenced a number of projects within Jasmax, and this nomination recognises both Elisapeta’s input into Waka Māia as well as her broader industry contribution.

Both within and beyond her role at Jasmax, Elisapeta has been involved in many initiatives that are actively seeking to create a truly bicultural Aotearoa. And while her journey in architecture is early, with her experience in project delivery an area for development, Elisapeta and her peers in Waka Māia are impacting the AEC industry by continuing to advance a bicultural design process that identifies New Zealand as a truly progressive nation.

NAWIC president, Jenny Parker, describes all the finalists as exceptionally talented role models. “With 60 entries this year it was very difficult to select the finalists from among so many exceptional women. I am delighted and encouraged to see the growing impact women are having on New Zealand’s construction industry.”

The awards ceremony will be held at the Town Hall in Auckland on 17 August. Congratulations and good luck to all those nominated. Find a full list of finalists across all six categories here.

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