The Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards Judges

The Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards Judges

Our Judges:


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James Blackburne

James Blackburne, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, is a passionate advocate for the protection of heritage in his tūrangawaewae – Tairāwhiti. After graduating from the Auckland School of Architecture in 1993, James worked briefly for the Tairawhiti Branch Committee of New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a researcher of heritage places, before embarking on his career in architecture. James is a founding member and current President of Historic Places Aotearoa and in 2022 was appointed to the Board of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. 

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Nigel How

Nigel is Ngāti Kahungunu living at Iwitea Pa just north of Wairoa. He has been heavily involved in traditional Māori arts for over 30 years and was a voluntary marae-based wananga tutor for 16 years. Nigel has authored several historical papers, reports and booklets, including co-authoring the ‘Te Rauwa’ cultural and historical assessment of the central Wairoa business district. His current roles include Registrar of Wairoa Museum, Chair of Wairoa Taiwhenua, Board Member of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, and trustee of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust.

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Elizabeth Pishief 

Dr Elizabeth Pishief is a heritage consultant and passionate advocate for heritage values, which she believes are significant to people’s sense of place, identity and overall well-being. Elizabeth is a member of ICOMOS New Zealand, the New Zealand Archaeological Association, the Professional Historians Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, Museums Aotearoa, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Historic Places Hawke’s Bay, and currently serves on the executive of Historic Places Aotearoa.

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Jana Uhlirova

Jana hails from the Czech Republic, where she completed a Masters Degree in Art History and Museology, before immigrating to New Zealand in 2005. Since 2011 Jana has been working as Curator and Manager at Central Hawke’s Bay Museum in Waipawa. “Learning about New Zealand history and Maori culture, working with the community to make art, history, and education available to the public is one of my great passions.”

Organising committee

Matthew Bonnett, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, Art Deco Trust

Fleur Lincoln, Principal Policy Planner, Napier City Council

Anna Sanders, Senior Environmental Planner – Policy (Special Projects), Hastings District Council

Jeremy Smith – Heritage Manager / GM, Art Deco Trust

Bex Tacon, Planit Events – Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards Coordinator

Please click here to contact the organising committee or for more information regarding the Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards,

Nominations for the 2024 Heritage Awards to open 1 August until 31 August 2024.


2024 Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards Nomination Form

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Name of Nominator(Required)
Nominator's address
Name of the person or the project (as it would appear on the award)
Location of project
Name of contact person for the project?(Required)
If the organisers require additional information regarding the nomination, who should we contact?
Which award category are you nominating a person / project for?
Nominate an individual, project or organisation deserving of an award. Please select one or more award categories.
Please include as much detail as possible about the significance of contribution to the heritage sector of the person or project; the historic/ heritage significance of the project; the physical elements and complexity of the work undertaken and the impact within local area.
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Only completed project will be considered for awards.
Please provide a 'Hero' image for the project(Required)
Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, gif.
Please tick to confirm the following are included in your nomination(Required)
Please provide as much information as possible.
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Accepted file types: jpg, pdf, gif, doc, docx, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Please include all information you wish the judges to consider in support of the award nomination.
    If the building/site owner: I/we consent to members of the judging committee visiting the project as part of the judging process and being professional photographed if necessary?
    How did you hear about the Hawke's Bay Heritage Awards(Required)
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    Thank you to our Presenting Partners

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    and Supporting Partners

    Art Deco Trust

    Hawke’s Bay Tourism

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

    Historic Places Aotearoa

    Historic Places Hawke’s Bay

    Join us for the Hawke’s Bay Heritage Awards evening from 4.30pm, Friday, 8 November 2024.

    Purchase your tickets via Eventfinda