of Wellington Botanic Gardens.
David Sole first
became a member of the RNZIH in 1979 as part of his NDH studies.
During that time he worked for Wellington City Council Parks &
Reserves, which was at that time under the administration of Ian
Galloway and Richard Nanson. He completed his NDH (Hons) in 1985
and was awarded the David Tannock Prize for his Oral & Practical
In 1986 he left
employment with the City and, along with his wife, established the
business Sole Gardening & Landscaping Ltd. It offered landscape
maintenance, arboricultural and landscape services through until
1995 when he decided to focus on the landscaping side of the business.
the RNZIH administered training he acted as an examiner for a number
of Oral & Practical Examinations and later, as trade training
moved across to unit standards, was part of the team from the Landscape
Industries Association of New Zealand (LIANZ), involved with the
consulting on the unit standards and went on to become a HITO board
member, representing LIANZ and the landscape industry until 1995.
As a member
of The New Zealand Landscape Guild, later to become LIANZ, he served
on the executive, and also as vice president and involved with the
New Zealand Landscape Awards Programme. He has been an active local
member of LIANZ until recently.
October 2003 David was appointed in the position of Manager of Wellington's
Botanic Gardens where he enjoys working in a stimulating and forward
thinking environment with skilled staff and local, national and
has maintained his membership of the RNZIH, was made a fellow in
1996, and was Chairman and then President from 2006 to 2013.
& Professional Associations
- Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (FRIH)