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Meet Greg Byrnes


General Manager Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust.

Work background: 

Environmental restoration, parks and recreation planning and management.

Favourite part of job: 

Interaction and engagement with people and with the natural world.

Least favourite part of job: 

When people disrespect nature and the work we do.

What I am working on now: 

Currently looking to employ two ranger staff, set up new trails and plant 10,000 natives this year.

A (humorous) story about a job that went badly and what you learned: 

I returned from a conference in Auckland on a Friday evening and attended the opening of a new park on the Saturday morning. I had arranged the opening prior to going and engaged a contractor to help. I got there around noon and after the official speeches were done, the guests and politicians walked over to the hole (pre-dug) for the ceremonial tree, only to find I had forgotten to get a tree.


Bachelor of Applied Management, strategic management, Horticulture indentures.

Interests outside work: 

Motorcycles, movies, music.

Greg Byrnes is General Manager Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust. Image: Supplied.