James Bentley
Landscape Planner, Senior Principal

Contact details:

Tel: +64 3 364 4763


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons), Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (now The University of Gloucestershire)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (now The University of Gloucestershire)


Registered Member, NZ Institute of Landscape Architects

Member, Resource Management Law Association

Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute, UK

About James

James has worked on a wide variety of often complex projects across the country and within the United Kingdom

Many of the projects James has worked on have been large scale, environmental planning projects, including utilities, infrastructure, mining, aquaculture and retirement complexes/ subdivisions. James also has extensive experience in broad-scale landscape and natural character assessments for second generation resource management plans, where he has identified Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Natural Character areas throughout the country. He has provided advice regarding management and development of the values that underpin these sensitive areas. James’ practical experience includes writing landscape, natural character and visual amenity assessments as well as preparing written evidence for Council and Environment Court hearings. James also has experience with public consultation on landscape issues.

James consistently contributes to the development of the profession within Boffa Miskell and more broadly through the refinement of assessment methodologies, including interpreting parts of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 by way of refining a methodology. James has also contributed to the development of the landscape planning tutoring lectures (LASC318) at Lincoln University for third year landscape architecture students.

He has written numerous publication articles and presented his paper ‘Landscape, Natural Character, Aquaculture and the NZKS Supreme Court Decision’ at the Coasts and Ports Conference in Auckland in September 2015.

James also has extensive experience in urban areas, including undertaking landscape and visual assessments for numerous new apartment complexes, re-zoning and general infrastructure and billboard assessments.


A selection of James's projects

Stewart Island Landscape and Coastal Natural Character Study >

Port Pegasus | Pikihatiti Salmon Farms >

Queenstown Country Club >

Natural Character of Selected Marlborough Rivers >

Natural Character of the Marlborough Coast >