Who We Are

James BlackburneDeputy Chair

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James is an architect whose passion for Te Hā is to see all members of the local community involved and engaged in the future of Tairawhiti.

James grew up in Gisborne and, after graduating from University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Architecture, returned in late 1992 to work for NZ Historic Places Trust.

He started work as an architect in 1993 and has a passion for heritage architecture and modern design.

He is president of Historic Places Aotearoa Inc and chair of Historic Places Tairawhiti Inc and Tairāwhiti Heritage Trust.

James has also served on numerous NZ Institute of Architects advisory groups.