Remembering Dean Roughton
Category: National. Posted: 11 May 2021
It was with deep sadness that the NZBI Executive Committee announced the passing of Dean Roughton on March 1st.
Dean has been a long serving, passionate and dedicated part of the biosecurity family for over 20 years having worked in the private sector, as an independent contractor, and for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for 17 years as a Pest Animal Advisor and most recently as a Catchment Management Advisor.
Dean has always had a passion for people and protecting and enhancing the environment, both through his work and in his private life.
Dean was a keen supporter of the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute. For many years he organised and presented the annual clay bird shooting competition which was for many years a fixture at the Institute’s National Education and Training Seminars.
Here is a collection of tributes to Dean from his colleagues:
Dean started with the Regional Council in April 2004 as a Biosecurity Officer, and for nearly 17 years, has been a highly skilled, professional and exceptionally hard-working team member.
For Dean it was never just a job, he was truly passionate about his work and was always willing to go the extra mile to achieve results.
One of Dean’s proudest work moments was winning the Air New Zealand Excellence Award for Environmental Impact at the 2015 Local Government Awards. This was for the great work he and his colleagues did reducing possum numbers on Napier Hill, bringing back native birds and reconnecting the community with the nature that had been lost.
Dean made an impact wherever he went. His disarming style and down to earth approach made him connect easily with colleagues and the public.
He was an innovator and a man of initiative.
He had a great sense of fair play, no airs and graces, plain speaking, kind, considerate and always willing to stick his neck out for a just cause.
Hospitality was in Dean’s DNA.
Colleagues recalled their first days at the Council when Dean went the extra mile to make them feel welcome and supported. Often with the pot of tea he was so famous for. It was important to Dean that everyone was made to feel at home.
Dean was well known nationally across the biosecurity community for his passion for pest control and for spinning a good yarn at conferences. He was also a crack shot with the shotgun, often winning the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute clay bird competition.
For his colleagues in the Waipawa Office Dean will be dearly missed for both his big personality and the little things like the “pot of tea” he would make every smoko.
Dean was the quintessential kiwi bloke, who loved his family, his hunting, a good yarn and a bit of dry banter.
He represented the fabric of the organisation and everything great about it. Whatever Deano was into was done at 150%.”
Dean was a Force of Nature and a champion for any cause that was lucky to have him.
Some shared their thoughts in a poem:
“We started out as colleagues that soon turned into friendship
You dropped your guard and we got to know you and your family
You let us see another side of you, a husband, father and friend
We saw a proud man who lived for his family and loved life.”
“For our passionate friend of whom we miss.
Thank you for your encouragement, dependability, integrity and trust.
Your tenacious love of the land is inspiring.
Your enthusiastic hunting tips, arms tuition and trap design sketches are treasured.”
Thank you for always making time for each and every one of us unconditionally.
You are truly a loyal friend Deano and will be forever in our hearts.”
There are literally tens of thousands of native trees that will tower into the sky for centuries to come because of the work Dean did. Those trees will be full of beautiful bird song that he helped protect. He worked hard to make the world a better place for his family and for all.
We couldn’t ask or want for more from such a loyal soldier. Job well done, mate.