Chad Dix has a background in horticulture and sales - he was in the vehicle industry for about seven years. When car sales got a bit full on, he put into practice the horticultural study from when he was living overseas, and came to work in the Botanic Gardens as a gardener. We talked inside scoop on the best spots in the CBD:
Chad Dix has a background in horticulture and sales - he was in the vehicle industry for about seven years. When car sales got a bit full on, he put into practice the horticultural study from when he was living overseas, and came to work in the Botanic Gardens as an apprentice gardener. Going on to maintain Hagley Park and be in the support crew for the Botanic Gardens for a couple of years, Chad then moved to maintaining the green spaces around the Avon River Precinct, which begins at the Antigua Boatsheds and includes the earthquake memorial, Margaret Mahy playground and the Firefighters Reserve. For the past year Chad has been a supervisor for the Central City, with four direct reports and an apprentice gardener.
Has your job gotten a lot busier with new things opening?
Absolutely - there is a lot more rubbish around because there are a lot more people. While it would be better if people cleaned up after themselves, I embrace it, because the whole idea of doing this job is that hopefully people will be attracted back to the city because the gardens and parks look cool. It’s good to see them full of people as opposed to a pristine empty park - that’s a bit boring. If people aren’t using it, why put so much love into it?
Favourite spots to eat?
I like Empire Chicken, and a lot of the things at Riverside Market.
What about shopping - Christmas gifts?
Ballantynes for presents! It’s a good place to buy your mum one really nice thing from.
I really enjoy clothes shopping. I’ve got quite long arms and a strange physique (I guess we all do when you strip us down) so I quite like Contemporary Lounge, Three Wise Men, and the classic Hallensteins five t-shirts that you need to keep your wardrobe going!
You must have a special secret location, knowing the city so well?
Remembrance Park (on the North West bank of the Avon, next to the Bridge of Remembrance) is my favourite - you can sit in this area and look over to the new - I loved Cashel Mall and the Strip before I went overseas, and then I came back and it was completely destroyed. It’s cool to now look back and see that Riverside and The Terrace are mint. The Park has natural shade, nice grass, and is the perfect spot to head over to with your lunch.
Favourite Christmas Film?
Home Alone 2
Favourite part of the Christmas meal?
We love going to The George because then you don’t have to clean up the mess! And me and the kids smash the gingerbread house - they make a really epic one and I just get to the house with my kids first and we make a good go of it!
Worst Christmas present:
I got a $10 petrol voucher once… I won’t tell you who from though!
CBD events you’re looking forward to?
Outdoor movies at the Arts Centre. Can’t wait.
What is your Christmas wish for the central city?
That everyone keeps safe, and doesn’t wreck my gardens. Be tidy Kiwis!