Lisa Kanawa is a Senior Advisor on Maori Strategy with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in New Zealand. Dedicated to sustainable development, Lisa is in a unique position to engagee indigineous people in national issues pertaining to natural resources and climate change to raise their development and economic potential. Lisa enjoys the diversity of the communities she works with and also the diversity of the aspirations.
A Maori woman of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Maniapoto tribal decent. Lisa is also a researcher for the University of Otago in New Zealand, undertaking research on Maori communities and the use of traditional knowledge in the management of natural resources. Lisa is passionate about Māori people achieving their aspirations particularly regarding the environment and sustainable development.
Lisa has a broad perspective in resource and environmental planning and Maori natural resource management. She has worked in private practice, in the public sector and with research institutes. For Lisa, the oppportunity to do work that is challenging, innovative and for the benefit of Māori collectively is completely satisfying and provides her a path to contribute to future generations.
Lisa enjoys the diversity of the communities she works with and also the diversity of the aspirations.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science, a Diploma in Environmental Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.
Lisa is an exceptional snowboarder, with ability on skiing.
Lisa was born in 1981 and lives in Turangi, New Zealand.