Richard has three older sisters and is the youngest grandchild on both sides of the family. He was born over the fence from his family home at the Feilding Maternity Home and spent most of his childhood fashioning boats and setting them free down the Makino Stream which bordered the west side of his family property. Richard graduated from Performance Design (Massey University/ Toi Whakaari NZ Drama school) in 2009. He is a Film maker, theater practitioner, musician and professional dreamer. One day he hopes to venture beyond the streams of rural New Zealand and sail the world.