Lisa te HeuheuLisa te Heuheu: The Environmental Scientist

Born: July 15, 1981

Turangi, New Zealand

“One thing that I have learned over my short life is to take opportunities wherever they come from, be excited about the possibilities and love the journey.”

The Start:

Lisa has always had a passion for science. When she was 7, she asked her parents for a microscope. After receiving one for her birthday, she started collecting things like insect wings to take a closer look. Lisa was fascinated by it all. In high school she fell in love with biology and geography. In university she committed to her love for environmental studies.

“The environment has a special place in my heart.  Being of Māori Indigenous decent, my people have a strong connection to the land, water and environment we live in.  I am privileged to have an ancestry that gives me fundamental values in restoration, protection and enhancement of the environment.”


  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science, University of Waikato
  • Diploma in Environmental Management, Level 7, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management, University of Waikato

Current Obsessions:Lisa te Heuheu

  • Water skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Motorbike trail riding
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Anything outdoors!


  • Ministry of Primary Industries. 2011. “Māori Agribusiness in New Zealand: Study of the Māori Freehold Land Resource.” MAF, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Kanawa, L., J. Stephenson, and M. O’Brien. 2010. “Beyond Consultation.” Prepared for Proceedings of 4th International Indigenous Conference 2010. Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, New Zealand.
  • Selby, R., P. Moore, and M. Mulholland. 2010. “Māori and the Environment: Kaitiaki.” Huia Publishers, New Zealand
  • Baker, G., and L. Kanawa. 2008. “Whaingaroa Harbour Aquaculture Feasibility Report.” Contract completed for NIWA.