Nikki Smetham
Staff Nikki
Landscape Architect BLA (Hons)
Nikki joined RMM in 2009 and has over 22 years of experience working closely with planners, engineers and surveyors on commercial, retail, health, tourism and recreation projects and developments in subdivisions.

Over the past 12 years, she has focused on landscape planning, preparing landscape and visual assessments, and presenting evidence to the Council and Environment Court. For both large and small-scale projects in Christchurch, Banks Peninsula, Hurunui, Kaikoura, Queenstown Lakes, and Westland Districts.


Nikki has recently been involved in the QLD plan appeals, a comprehensive development in Wanaka, reviews of irrigation proposals for ECAN, billboard applications, aquaculture projects, submission to the Westland National Parks Management Plan, gravel quarries, and dwellings in rural locations. These projects run the gamut of landscape architectural services including landscape design, preparation of landscape assessments, evidence with a continued role in project management.
  • Loves People, variety and the challenges involved in getting to remote places that are not easily accessible by the public as long her knee holds up!
  • Moves On foot, e-bike, helicopter when she's really lucky, skis, or if she's lazy on 4 wheels!
  • Drinks Soy lattes, wine and gin but aiming to drink more water
  • Place Sumner
  • Listens to To pretty much anything except criticism
  • Reads Court decisions, technical reports, whatever her book club recommends, crime, and trashy novels
  • Coffee Work or Dot Com in Sumner, latest fave is the Stables Cafe in Heathcote
  • Wishes To tour NZ in a (self-contained) campervan with her favourite person (her husband of course)
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