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Our People




Mark Blackburne - Director

Mark has been a director since 1985. He has particular interest and expertise in forestry, business/trust structures and taxation issues. As a result of this expertise, clients are spread throughout New Zealand. His spare time is spent with his family and he keeps fit through his activities including running, gym and Shotokan Karate . He takes great pleasure in good wine.





Sonya Elmiger - Director

Sonya is born-and-bred from Taupo and has been a director since 2008. Sonya comes from a forestry family and her genuine care for her clients means that she brings that something extra to her role. Sonya is currently on the board of FICA (Forest Industry Contractors Association) so that she can best represent the contractors perspective and keep abreast of changes to the industry. Sonya likes to keep fit, is an avid boxing fan, and spends her spare time with family and friends.




Joanne Dunn - Practice Manager

Originally a Taupo girl and previously working with Mark and Sonya for 15 year’s, Joanne has returned to the fold as Practice Manager after an absence of 4½ year’s living and working in Western Australia.  Joanne spends her free time bush walking and catching up with family, especially her grandson and friends.





Kristy Kewene

Kristy is currently on Sabbatical Leave.

Kristy joined us after seven years living in South Canterbury. Born on the West Coast of the South Island, she grew up in Northland. Kristy has lived in many towns throughout New Zealand. Coming from a forestry family and marrying a forestry contractor, she just followed the trees. Kristy is a qualified accountant and over the last 25 years has worked in several accounting roles moving into CA work five years ago. Kristy is based in our Northland office in Whangarei where she is building relationships with clients and industry specialists. As a mother of two her spare time is devoted to keeping up with the kids.




Paula Amrein

Paula is a Taupo girl. Having worked for over 15 years in Chartered Accountancy she married and had two boys. Taking a nine year break away to raise a family and assist her husband in running their own business, in 2011 Paula has now returned to accounting. Besides keeping up with the kids after school and weekend activities, Paula's interests include water skiing, reading (when she gets the chance), and towing her children and husband around on skis on the local lakes.




Paul Thomas

Paul has joined the team at Blackburne Group after running his own Accountancy Practice in Tauranga for 32 years and has also worked as an Accountant in the Manufacturing, Distribution and Legal sectors.

He has previously been a Receiver and Manager of Insolvent Companies and enjoys helping Business owners building successful futures. He is a keen traveler and is looking forward to learning to sail on the magnificent Lake Taupo.

 Ext 807




Diana Waldrom

Born in Whanganui, Diana trained as a Psychopaedic nurse in Levin after leaving school. Diana has lived in Taupo for more than 25 years. Having started with Blackburne Group as an administrative assistant (utilising the organisational skills she acquired home schooling her 3 boys), she has grown into an accounting clerk position. Diana looks after the Tax Management system and Trust Administration.





Dru Yerex

Dru joined Blackburne Group in March 2008 and has taken on the role of office administration. Dru has been involved in small business administration since 2008. Dru fills what we call a CSA (Client Services Administration) role and you probably hear from her when you need to have your financial statements prepared.

ext: 809




Logan Hammersley

Logan joined Blackburne Group in 2008 and has extensive experience in chartered accountancy as well as solid business experience. Married with 2 daughters, Logan’s interests include kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and running.





Anita Bron

Born in Wellington, Anita has spent time working in Auckland, travelling the world on an OE and settling in Taupo in late 2008. Anita is very practical and efficient, and her fantastic laughter makes everyone smile. She’s a busy lady with two daughters but always has time to listen.

ext: 817




Mark Jenkins

Mark has lived in Taupo for more than 20 years and has been with the Blackburne Group since 2000. He has been involved with the installation, maintenance and upgrading of the computer systems for Blackburne Group, as well as other companies and businesses in Taupo. When not working, Mark likes to spend time with friends and family and has a wide range of hobbies including motorbikes, gardening, and hydroponics.

ext: 801




Jolene Rodley

Jolene grew up in the Bay of Islands and lived in Onewhero in North Waikato before she moved to Taupo to marry one of the locals. She has been in the Accounting Industry for over 20 years having worked at Chartered Accountancy firms and a Tax Pooling Intermediary. In her spare time she is highly involved in the local Community Theatre – being one of the Cast members of a Centre Stage production, this was the best thing to do to meet other locals.

 Ext 810



Sarah Barnett

Sarah originally comes from Wellington, but has lived in Taupo for more than 20 years. Sarah has a background in administration/reception. Her spare time is spent with family, her daughter, horse-riding and walking her dog.

 Ext 800




Emma Elmiger

Emma started out at Blackburne Group in 2011 as the face that greeted you all on reception, however she was keen to advance her career in numbers, which saw her make the move upstairs to join the accounting team. In Emma's spare time she can be found getting walked by her dog Lola, enjoying the odd vino in the sun with friends or being shown how to live your best life by her fiercely independent 6 year old daughter.

 Ext 813



Katya Glover

Katya has had a change of scenery after moving to us from Auckland and working as a beauty therapist. She has recently joined the team to assist admin. Her weekends are usually spent finding new mountain bike tracks to explore around the countryside.

 Ext 816



Natalie Alexander

Originally from Hamilton, Natalie has recently joined the team after moving to Taupo. She is a Chartered Accountant and has worked with a range of clients. In her spare time she enjoys bush walks, reading a book and spending time with friends and family.

 Ext 820


Tania Harris

Tania grew up on the Hibiscus Coast and lived in Kaukapakapa while bringing up her family, she has recently joined Blackburne Group after moving to Taupo with her husband. Tania has experience in administration/accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, and walking.