Heeni is raising her 4 children with Te Reo Māori as their first language. She lives on her and her husband’s lands in Motatau and Ahipara, Aotearoa New Zealand.
A descendant of Ngāti Hine, Nga Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga and Ngāi Tahu.
Heeni is a graduate of Victoria University, and comes from a background in Maori media, education and archival work. She is passionate about self-governance and Papa Kainga housing development.
Heeni has dedicated herself to Māori empowerment for 25 years.
As part of the Ahikaaroa Trust, she helps to address Māori housing and land occupation issues. Utilising strong connections with academic, industrial, professional, economic and Māori communities.