If you were to open the beer fridge at the house of Richard and Brenda Guy you may be disappointed.

Be careful though because that look of disappointment may be captured on camera. Why would a retired engineer have a custom built video camera, capable of recording underwater for weeks at a time, sitting active in his beer fridge?
 
Richard Guy is the kind of person that can lend his hand to anything, and lucky for Project Reef Life, he has a generous disposition and a strong interest in the marine environment. Richard is the engineer for Project Reef Life a community driven science investigation of the marine flora and fauna occurring off the South Taranaki coast. Richard makes anything and everything the Project team can dream up. He also maintains all of the Project’s technical equipment, including the custom made fixed camera which is bolted to the reef for weeks at a time. To better understand the limitations of the fixed camera, Richard has been known to undertake trial recordings in his beer fridge in an effort to simulate the temperature of sub-tidal South Taranaki waters.
 
Richard has lived in Taranaki all his life. Born and raised in Hawera, he attended Hawera Primary School and then Hawera Technical College (now Hawera High School). At the age of 17 Richard took an apprenticeship with the National Dairy Association and spent 11 years engineering equipment used on dairy farms and factories around the country. After finishing up with the NDA Richard took a job with the Hawera Hospital Board as an engineer. This was the start of a 43 year long career with the Taranaki District Health Board. During this time Richard managed a number of large projects at Hawera, Stratford and Taranaki Base Hospitals.
 
Richard has always had a love for exploring the marine environment. This passion has taken him all over the world and nearly had him miss his own wedding when a morning dive encroached dangerously close to an afternoon ceremony.
 
Now retired, Richard has shifted his engineering efforts from the health sector to marine science. Like many members of our community involved in Curious Minds projects, the 74- year-old volunteers all of his time. This equates to hundreds of hours which he willingly spends ensuring students at his old schools and people from around the province get the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the amazing wildlife occurring off the South Taranaki coast. Richard is without a doubt invaluable to the Project Reef Life team and to marine science in the South Taranaki Bight.
 
Like Project Reef Life on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/projectreeflife/) or for more information see their website (https://www.projectreeflife.org/).
 
Project Reef Life is one of 23 funded Curious Minds Participatory Science Platform projects in Taranaki having received funding in both 2015 and 2016.