Hikitia Consultants specialises in working with organisations to understand the systems they work within and influence. The key focus for Hikitia is to provide evaluation and other services that will support good decision-making, development and learning, and build capability within organisations to enhance their success.
Louise situates herself as an indigenous evaluator and operates from a Maori world view, endeavouring to bring together Te Ao Māori and evaluative approaches. Her professional background stretches across Māori, public health, disability, and community contexts, within both the private and public sectors. She has also balanced her experiential learning with the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research, which is complemented by other undergraduate qualifications. Louise is inspired by the transformative potential of evaluation, and the ability to give voice to whānau and organisations to share their performance story. She is also particularly interested in the confluence of programmes and policy, and how evaluative information can inform policy development and service design.
To support the professionalisation of evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand, Louise contributed to the development of national evaluation standards and supports the evaluation profession through the countries two evaluation associations. Louise is currently serving as a Co-Convenor of ANZEA, the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association, is a member of Mā te Rae – Māori Evaluation Association, and contributor to EvalIndigenous, a global forum to advance indigenous evaluation and evaluators.