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About Us

Rapid Lawn and Landscaping is a locally owned and operated company based in Papamoa since 2007. Originally established as a new lawn installation business specialising in hydroseeded lawns, our business has grown to meet the needs of our clients. Our core services now include design and installation of all softscape and hardscape landscaping including planting, design and installation of custom-built irrigation systems, and new lawn installation including hydroseeding, roll out turf and artificial turf. Our solution focused process starts with a consultation to establish how we can best assist you. We can take care of a small part of your landscaping project or manage the whole project from start to finish, making it a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

Our team

Get to know us

Our team of landscaping specialists have a wealth of knowledge and experience, offering uncompromising service that exceeds expectations. Our friendly and professional staff are here to assist you with your next project.

Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey

Director / Equipment Sales

Peter established Rapid Lawn and Landscaping in 2007 after many years of owning and operating businesses in Auckland and Tauranga. His career began when he purchased his first butcher's shop at the age of 19, he then went on to pursue Real Estate, before finding a love for landscaping. Peter manages all of Rapid Lawn's key accounts and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty when the time calls for it. He has a high standard of workmanship, is passionate about the work we do and loves the challenges of any project. In his spare time, Peter enjoys sports and loves to get out on his Harley.

Jocelyn Harvey

Jocelyn Harvey

Managing Director / Equipment Sales

Jocelyn oversees all of the business activities and the success and growth of the business. Managing all of the back of office work on larger projects is where most of her time is spent. She thrives on the challenge of growing the business further and is passionate about ensuring we are always completing work to the highest quality. Jocelyn has a background in horticulture and landscaping which has provided her with all the necessary knowledge to help you create your dream backyard or landscaping area. Jocelyn possesses strong work and family values and has built a great team here at Rapid Lawn.

Aaron Harvey

Aaron Harvey

Operations Manager

Aaron joined the family business in 2010 as a landscaper before moving his family to Auckland to pursue other opportunities. He returned to Papamoa in 2017 during a period of rapid growth for our company and took hold of the Operations Manager position. Aaron conducts site visits to meet with clients and discuss their needs, schedules and manages a hardworking team, conducts quality control checks, ensures time efficiency, and is solution focused. Aaron values the importance of learning from the ground-up, always goes the extra mile for our clients, and is a keen mountain-biker and thrill-seeker.

Vanessa Harvey

Vanessa Harvey

Sales & Marketing

Vanessa's background is in Sales and Marketing and Event Management. She also has a Bachelor of Education and came on board with us in 2019 after deciding to move on from her career in teaching. She began as our Sales and Marketing Manager but has quickly proved her capability and has since taken on managing our larger projects while dabbling in some landscaping design work. Vanessa encompasses the skills of a leader, with the patience of a teacher, and the willingness to learn and undertake any task put before her. She has a strong work ethic and is highly skilled at implementing new procedures, problem solving, and is a friendly face for all of our clients.

Caroline Butler

Caroline Butler

Accounts Administrator

Caroline started with Rapid Lawn and Landscaping in October 2019. Caroline began her working life in horticulture but it wasn't long before her love of accounting took over and began the start of a new career. Caroline brings 25 years of accounting and office administration experience, mostly based in the Tauranga area. Caroline is responsible for keeping the accounts in line and ensuring our staff are paid on time. Much of her spare time is spent in the garden or with her very active dog Sascha. Caroline is focused, hardworking, supportive, and always ready to share a tale of the latest hijinx of her huntaway dog while enjoying a savoury muffin at morning tea.

Marika Croker

Marika Croker

Design and Marketing Assistant

In addition to sales and marketing, Marika is responsible for planning and designing irrigation systems for both our private clients and larger projects. She is also our own personal photographer, creating all of the images and content for our website. With a background in management; administration; customer service and sales, and experience in Vectorworks and CAD software; social media marketing; photography; content creation and website design, Marika is extremely diverse in her skills and expertise. She has a keen eye for detail, a fast paced and efficient working style, and loves to have a laugh in the office. Marika has a passion for adventure and spends her weekends hiking in the mountains.

Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Office Administrative Assistant

Laura started with Rapid Lawn and Landscaping in September 2020, taking on our Office Administrative Assistant role. She holds a Bachelor of Media Arts – Communication which she graduated from in 2018. Laura has worked in customer service, administration and sales/advertising. Laura is a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual who is eager to learn and add new skills to her skillset. Laura has a passion for photography, in particular product and landscape photography. In her spare time, you will find her taking photos, keeping active, spending time outdoors and exploring new places.

Wendy Horneman

Wendy Horneman

Health & Safety Officer / Team Leader

Wendy is a qualified turf manager with seventeen years of experience working on golf courses in New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, working her way up from an apprentice to assistant superintendent positions. After several years working and travelling abroad, Wendy joined Rapid Lawn in 2018 as a turf team leader and health and safety coordinator. She has since taken on several other roles within the company and enjoys the variation that the job brings. Outside of work, Wendy is a former cricket and football representative and continues to be an avid sports fan.

Gene King

Gene King

Construction Manager

Gene is a jack-of-all-trades and hands-on team leader who completes every project to the highest standard. Whether it be site excavation, interpretation of design plans, planning and construction of hardscapes and softscapes, building fences or retaining walls, Gene can do it all. His charisma, accompanied by many years of experience and a multitude of skills, make him an asset to Rapid Lawn. He loves to share his wealth of knowledge with others and ensure everyone has the right tools to get the job done with a smile on their face. Gene has a passion for landscape design, he loves to be creative and see that creative dream come to life.

Gilbert Groenewald

Gilbert Groenewald

Team Leader

Gilbert is the team leader onsite at Longlands Matamata, which is currently our largest commercial project. Gilbert ensures all of our employees onsite are working efficiently and to the highest standard, while also ensuring the site runs smoothly and all of the work is completed by the scheduled dates. Originally from South Africa, Gilbert immigrated to New Zealand in search of a change and quickly became a part of the team here at Rapid Lawn. He is extremely reliable and never lets his team down. In his spare time, Gilbert loves to fish and be out on the beautiful waters that surround the Bay of Plenty.

Joe Slade

Joe Slade

Team Leader

From Auckland to the beautiful Bay of Plenty, Joe has been with us for almost two years, bringing over nine years of experience in the landscaping industry. With his wide range of skills and knowledge, he has built a love for working outdoors. From hydroseeding to Roll out Turf and ensuring you always have a green lawn, to building fences or retaining walls, his attention to detail is second to none. With handy skills on all machines, Joe enjoys getting his hands dirty alongside the great team beside him. He is an extremely hard worker with great capabilities and motivation. Rain or shine, Joe always ensures every job is completed as instructed and to the highest quality.

Rajwinder Singh

Rajwinder Singh

Team Leader

After finishing his study in horticulture and landscaping in Auckland, Rajwinder moved to the Bay of Plenty and came to work for Rapid Lawn and Landscaping in 2017. Coming from an agricultural background, Rajwinder loves to work hard and is willing to work no matter what the conditions are. He will be the first to put his hand up for extra work and his loyalty, reliability, skills, and degree of professionalism make him a highly valued team leader. Rajwinder encompasses the knowledge and skills in most aspects of landscaping and always makes sure to get the job done to a show-home quality. Rajwinder loves working with the friendly and supportive team here at Rapid Lawn.

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