Louise Were



Louise weaves together Te Ao Māori, evaluation, systems thinking and design, and is inspired by their collective transformative potential. In her practice, she is often in spaces where these ways of knowing and being converge and diverge. Ensuring policy, procurement and delivery mechanisms give voice to whānau at every level within systems is a significant driver behind Louise’s practice. She has balanced her experiential learning with the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research, BA Māori and an introduction to Human Centred Design.

Louise is mother to three amazing young people, a founding member of Tuakana Teina Evaluation Collective and member of the Executive of Mā te Rae – Māori Evaluation Association.

You are the instrument

Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero
Wednesday 19 November

Reflecting on experiences at the interface of evaluation and design. Louise will share her whakaaro on what are the potential game changers for Māori, as agents of change and social innovation.


Karlo Mila


Lucy Tukua