New appointments for HNZPT Board and Māori Heritage Council

 Five new members have been appointed to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board and Maōri Heritage Council.

James Blackburne
James Blackburne, Gisborne principal architect and heritage restorer.expand/collapse

Puawai Cairns, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pukenga and Ngāti Rangi, is Director of Audience and Insights at Te Papa Tongarewa and will serve on the HNZPT Board and Māori Heritage Council.

Tom Roa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato, is a Tainui leader and Associate Professor in the University of Waikato Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Tom will join the Maōri Heritage Council.

Ruth Smith, Te Aitanga-a Mahaki, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngati Porou and Rongowhakaata is a translator and interpreter for Maioha Consulting Ltd and has had an extensive career in translation. She has previously worked as a reporter and journalist for Māori television. Ruth will join the Maōri Heritage Council.

James Blackburne, of Gisborne, President of Historic Places Aotearoa, and Chair of Historic Places Tairawhiti, is an architectural principal partner with considerable experience in heritage restoration. He has been involved in many heritage restorations including several marae. He will join the HNZPT Board.

Katharine Watson, of Christchurch, is an archaeologist at Watson Archaeology Ltd and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Canterbury. She will join the HNZPT Board.

They succeed outgoing member Bryce Barnett, who has served the Board since 2017, Kim Ngarimu, who has served on the Board and Council since 2014, and David Nicoll, who has been on the board since 2017.

The outgoing members of the Māori Heritage Council are Paul White, who has served on the Council since 2017, and Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish who has served on the Board and the Council since 2011 and on the Council alone from 2017.