Our Organisation

Riccarton House and Bush as an organisation is administered by the Riccarton Bush Trust which was established by an Act of Parliament in 1914.

The great values behind our trust

The Riccarton House & Bush Trust is committed to preserving this stunning heritage site in the heart of Christchurch.

Protect & Enhance
Flora & Fauna

Protect and enhance the indigenous flora and fauna of the indigenous forest, including mahinga kai and taonga species.

Promote the Natural & Cultural Heritage

Protect and conserve Riccarton House and Deans Cottage and their Grounds.

Protect & Enhance
House & Cottage

Promote the natural and cultural heritage values of the Riccarton Bush property/Pūtaringamotu.

Increase Visitation to House & Bush

Increase visitation to The Riccarton Bush, Riccarton House, Deans Cottage and their Grounds.

Our Board Members

Our board members are appointed by the Royal Society, the Deans family, and the Christchurch City Council.

Board member

Bob Shearing QSM

Bob has been a Trust Board Member 2004. He is currently a Christchurch City Council Appointee.

In February 2017 Bob was elected Chairman of the Riccarton House and Bush Trust upon the retirement of the long-serving Charles Deans.

For many years Bob has had a keen interest in issues affecting the residents of the Riccarton Wigram area. He is currently a Trustee for a range of other local organisations including the Air Force Museum and the Christchurch (Riccarton) Racecourse. Bob also chairs several community-based organisations including the Enrich Community Chaplaincy Trust, working with the intellectually disabled in our community, and the Hornby Community Care Trust which offers rooms and support for a range of other local organisations.

Bob is a Director of R A Shearing Contractors Ltd, a local earthmoving and paving company.

Board member

Robert (Bob) Lineham - BCom, FCA, CFInstD

Bob has a background as a senior local government manager and CEO of Christchurch City Holdings Limited for a career spanning 46 years. He is a graduate from Canterbury University, a fellow of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Bob Lineham was CEO of Christchurch City Holdings Limited until his retirement in June 2016. He had held this position since the company was established in 1993. In this role he has gained considerable experience in developing the company’s policies and advising on issues of corporate governance and directors responsibilities.

In 1985 he became the City Treasurer of Christchurch City Council where he held a number of senior management positions including Director of Finance for 18 years.

Bob was appointed to the Trust as a Christchurch City Council representative in May 2016  and re-appointed in 2019 for a further 3-year term.

He is an active participant in the affairs of his church and in his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, maintaining the garden on his lifestyle block at Lincoln.

Board member

Tim Deans

Tim joined the Riccarton House Trust Board in May 2013 and was re-elected in 2018, and again in 2023 for a further 5-year term. He is enjoying helping represent the family on the Board. He has found it fascinating to be involved in a small way with the rebuild, and his affection for the property has gained immensely from his involvement. He takes a particular interest in developing the marketing of Riccarton House through new media channels.

Tim, after qualifying with a Diploma of Ag. and a Dip. VFM at Lincoln, farmed at “Auchenflower” for 25 years, and now that the property is leased out is able to devote time to such rewarding activities as Riccarton, as well as being a Mediator with Christchurch Mediation Services, and doing private mediations.

He has been associated with local school and veterinary administration, and the “Brainwave Trust”, a trust focussed on improving the access to great brain health in those aged 0-4. He has also been a joint patron with the Limited Service Volunteer course at Burnham, helping 17-23 year olds get back on track.

Happily married to Gillie and father of three sons, with whom he loves participating in sports such as tennis, skiing and sailing.

Board member

Pippa Ensor

Pippa Ensor was nominated by the Deans family to represent their interests on the Riccarton Trust Board. She joined the Board in March 2017 and has recently been appointed for a further five-year term.

Pippa is a sixth generation Deans and, incidentally, the last child to be christened in the John Deans christening robe now residing at Riccarton House.

Living at the Ngapara Downs homestead as a third generation Deans, she has experienced firsthand how the generosity and forward-thinking actions of generations past can positively impact future generations. Riccarton House and Bush is also testament to this and has played a significant part in her life.

Pippa is a Registered Architect and Principal of the Christchurch-based Athfield Architects office.

While carrying out predominantly new construction projects within New Zealand, her time working in Sweden and the United Kingdom meant she spent a great deal of time designing within historically significant building fabric. Large-scale landscape works within the Wellington waterfront also allowed her to engage with the built environment in a unique way.

Board member

Shirish Paranjape

Shirish Paranjape represents the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board on the Trust. He was first appointed in 2016 and was re-appointed for a further 3 year term in 2019 and again in 2022.

Shirish is an electrical engineer by profession.

Outside of work and Community Board activities, Shirish is heavily involved in the local community – as a Justice of the Peace, a founder member of Rotary Christchurch New Horizons club, an active member of Christchurch Multicultural Council and Indian Social & Cultural Club, and one of the Avonhead Leads of the web-based forum “Neighbourly”.

Shirish likes travel, sports, classical music and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He likes to write about his travel experiences, and is also a regular contributor to TripAdvisor.

Board member

Marie Pollisco

Marie Pollisco is an elected member for Halswell and is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board.  She was appointed to represent the Community Board on the Trust in 2022.

Marie is a Policy Planner for Christchurch and brings more than two decades of experience in resource management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology major in Human Settlements Planning from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Philippine Women’s University, plus a post-graduate Certificate in Resource Studies and a Master of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a focus on Protected Area Management from Lincoln University.

With over a decade actively serving the community, she is a Justice of the Peace and a volunteer Responder with Civil Defence.

Board member

Nigel Harris

Nigel Harris joined the Board as a Riccarton Bush Trust appointee in March 2022 and was reappointed in 2023.

Nigel is passionate about cultural integrity, the natural environment and Māori resource management (Kaitiakitanga). He has engaged considerably with the public and private sectors, and indigenous communities where environmental, social, cultural and economic issues need to be addressed in a sustainable manner.

Nigel is the Māori Heritage Advisor for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and was previously with DOC and the University of Canterbury. Nigel brings with him a myriad of skills that will complement and add to those of other Trust Members.

Board member

Mark Peters

Mark was appointed to the Board by the Christchurch City Council following the 2022 elections. Mark is a first term Christchurch City Councillor and was previously a Community Board Member for Hornby Ward on the Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Community Board since 2019.

Mark is a Land Survey Technician who is active in the community and was part of the team saving the local Denton Park in Hornby. He is an active member and a Director of the Hornby Rotary Club. Mark is married with two teenage daughters.

Board member

Justin Morgenroth

Justin works as an Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry. He’s passionate about urban forestry, understanding the challenges faced by trees in cities as well as the benefits they provide. He’s a co-leader of the New Zealand Urban Forest Initiative and advises councils around New Zealand on matters related to urban trees and greenspaces.

He lives in Sumner with his family and enjoys riding his bike between home and work (past Riccarton House and Bush | Pūtaringamotu) multiple times a week.