Cuzzy cuddles (at depth inc.)

Cuzzy cuddles (at depth inc.)

It is with a heavy heart, but with great excitement that I announce my departure from the New Zealand Herald.

For 17 years newspapers have consumed my life. I began by following in my grandfathers footsteps being a press photographer at the Daily Telegraph in Napier. I was involved in the start up of HB Today and moved to the Herald 14 years ago. I have grown up in the newsroom and it’s defined my character. It’s been the most rewarding vocation and the pinnacle of my career was winning this years Press Photographer of the Year at the Canon Media Awards. It has been an honour.Away from the pressures of daily deadlines, my passion for capturing stories from the depths of our oceans as an Underwater Photojournalist has grown. With the arrival of our baby dive buddy, Eva Joyce, I know I can no longer do justice to both roles, so it is time to set sail from the paper.

I might be more like Steve Zissou than Jacques Cousteau, but with our oceans being under threat, I feel a great weight and responsibility to use my talents to highlight the plights of our Ocean and give voice to our endangered species.

Working for the Herald I have documented New Zealand at it’s best and at it’s worst, but for me it was always the unexpected jobs that gave glimpses into the everyday lives of real New Zealanders that I cherished the most.

You will hear more from me in the up coming weeks of some great projects we are working on but for now raise a glass to 17 years of front pages, breaking stories and all the great colleagues who have made up my extended newspaper family. Especially my photographic brothers and sisters led by picture editor, John Sefton, who have helped shape my work.
Best Fishes
Richie

It is with a heavy heart, but with great excitement that I announce my departure from the New Zealand Herald.

For 17 years newspapers have consumed my life. I began by following in my grandfathers footsteps being a press photographer at the Daily Telegraph in Napier. I was involved in the start up of HB Today and moved to the Herald 14 years ago. I have grown up in the newsroom and it’s defined my character. It’s been the most rewarding vocation and the pinnacle of my career was winning this years Press Photographer of the Year at the Canon Media Awards. It has been an honour.

Away from the pressures of daily deadlines, my passion for capturing stories from the depths of our oceans as an Underwater Photojournalist has grown. With the arrival of our baby dive buddy, Eva Joyce, I know I can no longer do justice to both roles, so it is time to set sail from the paper.

I might be more like Steve Zissou than Jacques Cousteau, but with our oceans being under threat, I feel a great weight and responsibility to use my talents to highlight the plights of our Ocean and give voice to our endangered species.

Working for the Herald I have documented New Zealand at it’s best and at it’s worst, but for me it was always the unexpected jobs that gave glimpses into the everyday lives of real New Zealanders that I cherished the most.

You will hear more from me in the up coming weeks of some great projects we are working on but for now raise a glass to 17 years of front pages, breaking stories and all the great colleagues who have made up my extended newspaper family. Especially my photographic brothers and sisters led by picture editor, John Sefton, who have helped shape my work.

Best Fishes

Richie

Family cuddles #2daysold #depth #diverdick #oneredfish  (at Birthcare)

Family cuddles #2daysold #depth #diverdick #oneredfish (at Birthcare)

Daddy’s little girl  (at Delivery Unit, Auckland City Hospital)

Daddy’s little girl (at Delivery Unit, Auckland City Hospital)

Eva Joyce Robinson the newest member of our dive team arrived at 12:32am on the 21st of August. Weight and length to be confirmed, mum doing awesome :-) (at Birthing Unit Auckland Hospital)

Eva Joyce Robinson the newest member of our dive team arrived at 12:32am on the 21st of August. Weight and length to be confirmed, mum doing awesome :-) (at Birthing Unit Auckland Hospital)

Follow your dreams with your whole heart and complete focus, you might just end up being World Champion or better, Star in a beer commercial.

Follow your dreams with your whole heart and complete focus, you might just end up being World Champion or better, Star in a beer commercial.

Baby Prep, Floyd and Car Seat. #floyd #diverdick #depth #oneredfish  (at depth inc.)

Baby Prep, Floyd and Car Seat. #floyd #diverdick #depth #oneredfish (at depth inc.)

Lighting the Way Home. As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the shipping Markers in Napier, in all these years they have never changed. #napier #depth #lighthouse #oneredfish #diverdick #newzealand (at Napier)

Lighting the Way Home. As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the shipping Markers in Napier, in all these years they have never changed. #napier #depth #lighthouse #oneredfish #diverdick #newzealand (at Napier)

What happens when you fart in a Drysuit? Is the most asked question kids ask me when I talk to them. I show them this photo. 

Kent at Ocean Blue Adventures going to great extremes to keep me happy by helping me fix my leaking Drysuit during a week at sea…

What happens when you fart in a Drysuit? Is the most asked question kids ask me when I talk to them. I show them this photo.

Kent at Ocean Blue Adventures going to great extremes to keep me happy by helping me fix my leaking Drysuit during a week at sea…

The Great Kids Shark Hunt #oneredfish #on-assignment #depth #diverdick #oneredfish #shark (at Haumoana Beach)

The Great Kids Shark Hunt #oneredfish #on-assignment #depth #diverdick #oneredfish #shark (at Haumoana Beach)

Tommy Solomon and I #oneredfish #on-assignment #depth #chathamisland  (at Chatham Island)

Tommy Solomon and I #oneredfish #on-assignment #depth #chathamisland (at Chatham Island)

Maori Hall back streets of Auckland. #depth #auckland #diverdick #oneredfish  (at The Whare)

Maori Hall back streets of Auckland. #depth #auckland #diverdick #oneredfish (at The Whare)

It’s the last time I order a Whopper with Extra Bacon  #depth #diverdick #bugerking (at Burger King Mt Roskill)

It’s the last time I order a Whopper with Extra Bacon #depth #diverdick #bugerking (at Burger King Mt Roskill)

Doing some Urban Diving. Here’s Rolf the Octopus #urbandiving #urbanfish #depth #diverdick #oneredfish  (at She Lives Cruelty Free)

Doing some Urban Diving. Here’s Rolf the Octopus #urbandiving #urbanfish #depth #diverdick #oneredfish (at She Lives Cruelty Free)

Even my parents are Sharky about Sharks #depth #diverdick #oneredfish #sharks (at Cape Kidnappers)

Even my parents are Sharky about Sharks #depth #diverdick #oneredfish #sharks (at Cape Kidnappers)