Heni Unwin, Maori Researcher for Marine Technologies

Heni Unwin

Maori Researcher for Marine Technologies

Iwi affiliations

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi

Role at Cawthron

Heni is a marine scientist in the Māori research and business development team and the Coastal and Freshwater team. Her main role is to interweave Mātauranga Māori and Science together. She is passionate about outreach and  aims to incorporate uplifting communities and providing opportunities for rangatahi in all her research projects.

Skills and Interests

  • Research born from, for, with, and by Māori communities
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Aquaculture Technologies
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Science communication


  • BSc ( Chemistry, minor in Māori). University of Otago
  • GradDip- ( Marine Science). University of Auckland
  • DipSci- (Marine Studies). Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
  • (Currently studying) Masters in Environmental Science. University of Canterbury


Heni Unwin, Maori Researcher for Marine Technologies