Elisapeta Heta promoted to Principal

Jasmax is pleased to announce that Elisapeta Heta has joined the practice’s Principal team, leading its bicultural design strategy. Elisapeta will also now head up Jasmax’s Māori cultural design roopū Waka Māia and play an instrumental role in representing Moana practitioners within Jasmax.

The promotion reflects Elisapeta’s influence as a leader in indigenous design in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, and the role she continues to play in cultural leadership at Jasmax.

“I hope my position as Principal at Jasmax expands the options for young Māori and Pasifika when they think about who they can be and what they can achieve. Providing safety and guidance for our people coming into the practice will help them to bring their full selves, reflecting all the different ways of being Māori and Pasifika designers.” – Elisapeta Heta, Principal and Kaihautū Whaihanga, Jasmax.

Elisapeta has contributed to cultural design outcomes for nation-defining projects, including Tāmaki Makaurau’s City Rail Link and the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, and was also named Emerging Design Professional at the 2021 Interior Awards.

“Elisapeta Heta has already made an enormous contribution toward Jasmax becoming a bicultural design practice. With her leadership and guidance, we are excited about what we will achieve in nurturing design that is reflective of the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.” – Sjoerd Post, CEO, Jasmax.

Principal and Kaihautū Whaihanga Elisapeta Heta