Nikki Smetham
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Senior Landscape Architect BLA (Hons), NZILA Member Ōtautahi Christchurch
Nikki joined RMM in 2009 and has over 27 years of experience working closely with planners, engineers and surveyors on commercial, energy, retail, health, tourism and recreation projects and developments in subdivisions.

Over the past 14 years, she has focused on landscape planning, preparing landscape and visual assessments, providing peer reviews, 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.

Amongst the gamut of landscape projects, Nikki has recently been involved in the QLD Priority Area ONFL Schedules Variation to the District Plan, with ongoing development proposals in Wanaka, reviews of Solar Farm proposals and offshore aquaculture projects, and dwellings in rural locations. These projects illustrate her breadth of knowledge of landscape architectural services including landscape design, preparation of landscape assessments, evidence with a continued role in project management. This is recognised by Nikki’s role as the Technical Lead for landscape and visual assessment work undertaken by RMM.
  • 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!
  • Place Sumner.
  • Listens To pretty much anything except criticism.
  • Reads Court decisions, technical reports, whatever her book club recommends, crime, and trashy novels.
  • Drinks Soy lattes, wine and gin but aiming to drink more water.
  • 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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