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File Format: JPG. File: (removed). Alex, Richard, Thomas & Alison. Dec 2007, NZ. Scrapbook: Y. PHOTO
Note NI1Richards' childhood was spent in Christchurch, firstly at 4 Armagh St (cnr with Rolleston Ave), then at Jacobs House, Christs College where his father was housemaster. The garden backed onto the Avon River and Hagley Park, where Richard played. Schooling was Elmwood Normal School, the Cathedral Grammar due to poor performance.
Richard moved to Hamilton when he was 12. His high school education was at Kings College, Auckland where he boarded (rather unhappily). After enrolling for engineering, trying to enter fine arts, and doing a year of science Richard gained a B.Com from Canterbury 1978. Never intending to practice in accounting or management Richard worked on the grounds of Waikato University before studying in Palmerston North where he gained his Dip. Hort (Dist) Massey 1980.
Richard worked for Gordon Collier at "Titoki Point" then with Burton's Garden centre in Hamilton designing gardens. He also helped on the family kiwifruit orchard intermittently.
After two years travelling overseas; US, Canada, Europe as a Contiki guide, and UK, Scandinavia. On his return Richard worked for the Ministry of Works (MOW), primarily on the Beautiful NZ scheme. This was intended to plant rows of oak trees along SH1 from Kaitaia to Bluff. He worked on the mitigation plantings at Rangipo, and Ohaaki Power Stations as well as on the Kaimai, Athenree and other SH planting projects.
Richard then set up his own Landscape Business and in a joint venture with Opus ran the Tauranga City Council Reserves Management Contract for about six years. This was based on roading methods, but was dropped when Council became out of touch with their own reserves. During this time his practice was purchased by Isthmus Group. Richard became a Registered Landscape Architect during his time with Isthmus, going through an application process and a grandfather clause. Projects he was proud of include the Mt Maunganui and Coastal Reserves Management Plans, Project Phoenix (Mt Maunganui Mainstreet project), Greerton Village (Mainstreet), Maidstone Max playground (Upper Hutt), and the Memorial Park playground. Numerous Reserve designs were done during this time.
Richard was instrumental in setting up the first regional park in the BOP, Te Rae o Papamoa (Papamoa Hills Regional Park). This followed organising public meetings (1999), setting up and chairing the BOP Regional Parks Establishment Group, soliciting many letters of support, and speaking to numerous groups, and lobbying the local MP. This required a change in legislation, and the three local councils (TCC, WBOPDC, BOPRC) working together. The three councils paid a third each. The park is heavily used and provides panoramic views across Tauranga Moana and towards the east coast.
After a heart attack (MI) and burn out Richard decided to leave Isthmus, paint the house and wait for a "bolt of inspiration on what to do next". Needless to say the bolt never came and after being asked to help on some projects he became self employed once more. On this occassion he avoided staff, but worked closely with allied consultants. Most of this work was doing Landscape Assessments, with several appearances before the Environment Court as an expert witness. However he became disillusioned with chopping up/ subdividing rural NZ and the coast for housing.
Richards real love was for trees and the NZ bush, and his favourite work was with DoC and on ecological design. Richard was treasurer and President of the NZ Landscape Guild, inaugural Chair of the Tauranga Botanic Gardens Trust, a judge for the Landscaping NZ awards, and an Assessor for the NZ Gardens Trust. (Life member International Dendrology Society, IDS)
Richard loved to take holidays with wife Alison, and they had numerous trips overseas, walked all the great walks, and numerous other tramps. Richard met Alison kayaking, loved rivers and rafting.
Richard and Alison raised their children at Mt Maunganui. 36 Lee St backed on to the fields of Mt Maunganui Primary. Naturally the boys went to school next door, then Intermediate (MMI) and College (MMC).
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