Meet the team

Our vision

A connection to nature helps to create a healthy, vibrant community where you can feel good in mind and body.

We acknowledge everyone is different, and have developed The Botanic to suit a range of needs – as a welcoming home that lets you find your own way of life. The result is a community that combines a great lifestyle, likeminded, friendly people and beautifully designed spaces – inside and out. So you can look forward to living well, naturally.

The Botanic Team

Wayne Wright Jnr

Alan Edwards

Alan and Jenny Edwards arrived in New Zealand from South Africa in July 1998 with their three young kids. With a background in education, Alan has held leadership roles in retirement and aged care in New Zealand since 1999.

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As the former CEO of Metlifecare, he has developed a passion for seeing older people retain their independence, voice and right to live the best life they choose. Alan is an investor in the retirement village space as well as working in governance roles, providing advice to a few key clients. When not working to improve New Zealand’s standards of retirement and aged care, Alan can be found on a well-manicured green, perfecting his putt.

Wayne Wright Jnr

Wayne was born in 1966 in Lower Hutt. He completed an MBA and Post Graduate Certificate in Business Research at Waikato University. Later Wayne completed Doctoral research, with publications in firm theory and social capital theory at Curtin University.

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He worked in the United States from 1986 to 1999 training Americans in concrete and retaining wall construction, while working as a senior database programmer for a Texan telecom company. Returning to New Zealand in 2000, Wayne helped build the Wright family’s Early Childhood Education offering and today owns three ECE centres employing 32 staff independent of the Wright family’s concerns. Wayne has been married for 23 years and has two children. He loves to tinker, with hobbies from equity market day-trading, metal engineering and motorcycling, to target shooting and management research.


Kevin Clark

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, majoring in Valuation & Property Management at Massey University. He’s also a past Associate member of the Real Estate Institute of NZ.

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A highly experienced property developer and investor, Kevin has delivered projects in the residential, industrial, hospitality, healthcare, education, retail & commercial sectors. Alongside Matthew Ellingham, Kevin founded Matvin Group and has been a Director for 20 years, leading projects across Auckland. Having studied aged care for many years, Kevin views the opportunity to be involved with The Botanic and redefining retirement living in New Zealand as a massive privilege.


Matthew Ellingham

Matt is a trade-qualified carpenter who has been actively involved in the property development, investment and construction industries for most of his career.

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Matt is a trade-qualified carpenter who has been actively involved in the property development, investment and construction industries for most of his career. As a founding Matvin Group Director, Matt’s been personally invested in creating vibrant commercial and residential communities since 2000. With extensive design and build expertise, Matt has a deep understanding of architecture, structural and civil engineering, and urban design principles and practices in New Zealand and globally. Making The Botanic New Zealand’s most liveable retirement community is a challenge Matt is both prepared and excited for.

Deborah Naysmith

Deborah Naysmith

With a background spanning retirement village, hospitality and sales sectors, Deborah’s passion for people and making a positive difference in the lives of those who interact with her has been a long-standing philosophy.

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As Village Manager in a developing Village through to completion prior to joining The Botanic, Deborah gained valuable insight into the nuances and success factors that make up an outstanding Village lifestyle during the challenging and exciting build phase. Deborah believes in the special sense of warmth, belonging and support Village life provides for Residents, their friends and families.

Deborah is a keen health and well-being advocate, loves to keep fit and active and spend quality time with her loved ones.



Michelle Pipping

027 522 1777

Having worked in residential building and the retirement industry since 2005, Michelle has a wealth of knowledge dealing in property in the North Shore and Rodney areas.

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Living locally with her young daughter, Michelle loves welcoming people from her community into The Botanic and has a passion for helping people find their ideal lifestyle fit. As a Sales Consultant at The Botanic, Michelle is looking forward to helping people into their brand new homes and seeing the culture at our village flourish.


Jan Fisher

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Highly experienced in the North Shore’s Real Estate and retirement sector since 1999, Jan has helped more than 500 families start a new chapter in their lives, including her own family.

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Jan is thrilled to be a part of the team at The Botanic and is passionate about helping people to live their best life. As a Sales Consultant at The Botanic, Jan truly understands the journey and enjoys helping people make the right decision for their future and building a vibrant fun community.

Our Core


Architecture by Pacific Environments

The Botanic is nestled into a gentle north-west facing hillside. A design philosophy of ‘Communities within Communities’, brings purpose, involvement and a collective sense of security. Buildings, roads and paths creates a distinction between community areas to retain privacy. The village spans a stream and takes advantage of its natural amenity by creating a boardwalk for both public and resident use. Communal spaces form the heart of the village. The dynamic roof forms and exposed timber structure creates equally dynamic and multi-functional spaces.

Homes are positioned to take advantage of light and views, with visibility for an added sense of security. Taller buildings at the perimeter offer a sense of shelter, while leaving sight lines out to the surrounding green spaces.


Interiors by Space Studio

Based on biophilic design principles, The Botanic interiors are designed to let nature in, and optimise mental and physical wellbeing. Spaces welcome the flow of light and air inside, connecting with the external environment wherever possible. Incorporating organic materials, textures and patterns, the experience creates a sense of comfort and familiarity with the geometry of the natural world. Aspirational and inspiring spaces allow for new experiences, time to enjoy moments with friends, and a vibrant, active lifestyle. Interior materials and finishes are custom designed for style and ease of use.


Urban Design by Transurban

Progressive architecture and landscape solutions deliver excellent urban design outcomes while creating visual interest and a refreshing evolution for retirement living. The Botanic’s hillside vantage point and green outlook offers beautiful views, year-round. With its inclusive philosophy, The Botanic integrates with its neighbourhood, featuring onsite childcare, retail and dining. It’s well-connected to transport, walking and cycling networks and accessible to Silverdale, Whangaparaoa and Auckland. The heart of the village sits at the stream edge, overlooking eco-sourced restorative native planting and an established Totara grove – home to local bird life.


Landscapes by Shafer Design

Outdoor living spaces are designed to enhance the lives of the residents and their families, and bring people together in nature. Welcoming and connected year-round, landscape design creates a multi-layered experience to embrace the beauty of nature. An edible garden, park-like spaces, a grape arbour and an olive grove set The Botanic apart, with varied, accessible landscaping year-round – from a fragrant, colourful spring garden to the refreshing Summer Lawn. Boardwalks and paving through native and tropical planting, ensure the less mobile can experience the gardens without obstacles. A playground encourages young visitors to relish every visit, while a childcare centre on site benefits both kids and residents.

Brand creation by Milk

The Botanic brand is built around the idea of letting nature in. This connection to nature plays a vital role in creating a healthy and vibrant community, positively changing how you feel and how you live. Nature being good for mind and body, where the natural world enhances your sense of wellbeing. This philosophy is the driving force behind The Botanic brand. It delivers a new proposition for retirement villages where residents can live well and naturally for a life less ordinary.

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