Dr. Richard Templer

Dr. Richard Templer

Chief Executive
Manawatū District Council

Richard was born and raised on a Waikato Dairy farm.  He studied at the University of Auckland completing a Bachelors and PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  While studying he worked at Gallaghers Engineering in Hamilton, Volvo in Sweden, MacMaster University in Canada and as a part-time lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Since completing his studies Richard has worked for: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare as a Research Engineer; Industrial Research as a researcher, team leader and General Manager; Meat & Wool New Zealand as General Manager Research; The Foundation for Research Science & Technology as a General Manager and Acting-CEO, the Ministry of Science & Innovation as acting General Manager Research; and most recently as General Manager Research & Technical Services at Callaghan Innovation.  Richard joined Manawatū District Council as Chief Executive in May 2016.

Richard is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and is married with one son.

Appearing at
FST Gov NZ Local
22 September 2021
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
From the islands of the Far North to the frigid fjords of Southland, NZ councils service a patchwork of communities with distinct needs and social complexities. Digital technologies are not just a convenience these communities; the tech toolkit – from...
FST Gov NZ Local
29 August 2019
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Following the success of our inaugural Local Government: New Zealand conference in 2018, we are pleased to announce the return of the event in 2019. This unique conference will showcase breakthrough digital innovations and government technologies, featuring senior leaders at...