While her career in architecture is early, Elisapeta’s win recognises her commitment to the integration of Te Ao Māori design and values into the modern architecture and construction industry.
Of Ngāti Wai, Waikato Tainui and Samoan heritage, Elisapeta impressed the judges with her drive to teach and mentor the design community in order to break through barriers for Māori and Pasifika students and graduates.
NAWIC judges commented: “Elisapeta Heta genuinely cares about kaupapa, the things we design, life, communities and people. Referees described Elisapeta as a courageous, intelligent wāhine who has a willingness and ability to both teach and engage.”
The awards have six categories which seek to recognise, highlight and celebrate women leader in the industry. The Rising Star award acknowledges up and coming young women leaders.
The awards were announced at a ceremony in Auckland on 17 August. There were 60 high-achieving women nominated for the awards with 39 finalists across the six categories. Congratulations to all the winners, finalists and all those nominated.