Judges

Lizzi Whaley

Lizzi is the CEO of Spaceworks Design Group.  With 22 years experience practicing in both residential and commercial design industries, Lizzi has won several design accolades and has been a finalist in both the Ernst & Young Young Entrepreneur Awards and Westpac Business Leadership Awards.

Lizzi has worked on some of New Zealand’s most renowned and celebrated interiors including the Google offices, Nationwide Spark retail stores, Frucor, Griffins, Arnoots, Charlies and numerous others.

A big advocate for Child poverty, homelessness, diversity, pro-bono work and extreme charity initiatives - Lizzi manages all this while growing company, a team of staff and being a Mum to Kaleb (15) and Ruby (9).

She is a gym fanatic, a big practicer of Yoga and Meditation and has a secret love of peanut butter!   An even bigger love in her life is her dog and company mascot Harvey Specter, who rolls with maximum attitude and thinks he runs HR and any social events. 

Jason Bonham

With an international career spanning more than 20 years, Jason honed his craft alongside industry leaders in London, San Francisco and New York City.  He returned to his hometown of Auckland in 2008, launching Bonham Interiors, rapidly growing a local and international clientele.

Design is a way of life for Jason.  He is an avid collector of art and objects, he mentors and judges within the design community and sits on industry advisory boards.  He is a professional member of the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (NKBA) and Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ).

When Jason is not designing interior spaces, he loves nothing more than heading out for some thinking time on one of his two motorbikes.  He is equally comfortable hosting a dinner party with friends as he is settling in for the night watching a box set on TV. The boss of Jason’s house is his  beloved dog Flint who is always at his side.

This is Jason’s fourth season judging The Block NZ and it’s this year he’s most excited about.