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The Judges

Andrew Coleman

Andrew Coleman is the Chief Executive of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, the lead national heritage agency in New Zealand. He took up this position in October 2016.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is an autonomous Crown entity. The organisation is responsible for heritage property listings, the regulatory practice of archaeological authorities and the management of 48 heritage properties across New Zealand. Its work, powers and functions are defined by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

Mr Coleman has held senior positions across government agencies for 20 years. His previous roles include Chief Operations Officer for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the acting Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive for the Ministry of Fisheries and the Operations Manager for the New Zealand Customs Service. His previous 20 years were in roles with the New Zealand Police.

He has considerable experience in Government process and policy, proven leadership of a national organisations, success in implementing internal and external strategies and relationships, excellent business acumen and a proven record of delivering outcomes.

Ivan Thomson
BSc, M.Phil, FNZPI

Ivan is an urban and regional planner with more than 35 years experience in strategic planning, urban growth management and resource management, nearly all of it in Christchurch. He is a Fellow Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Trained as a town planner in Britain, Ivan gained early insights into the critical importance of not only retaining a city’s heritage but also carefully adapting it to the needs of a modern society.

Born and raised in Christchurch, Ivan like many others feels a deep sense of loss at the erosion of the city’s cultural heritage over the past 30 years. He is in awe of those who strive hard as advocates or professionals to create quality urban and rural environments for future generations to enjoy.

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