New General Manager appointed at Eastwoodhill

We are pleased to announce that The Eastwoodhill Trust Board has appointed Mr Garrett Blair as the General Manager of the Eastwoodhill Arboretum starting from 31 August 2023.

Garret Blair – an introduction

Tena koutou katoa, Ko Garrett Blair toku ingoa

I am very excited to be stepping into the General Manager role here at Eastwoodhill Arboretum– an honour and a privilege to be able to lead such a committed and passionate team, to deliver on the strategic and operational goals here at Arboretum.

A little bit about me – I am a Gisborne boy through and through – until I left for the University of Waikato, where I gained a double major in Arts (History) and Sport and Recreation. Post-study, I spent a year in Canada, after which I returned back to Gisborne in 2012 and have remained here since.

My career to date has included 5 years at the Gisborne District Council, where I led the Parks and Community Property department, which was where I found my passion for all things parks. After that, I spent a couple of years at a contracting firm, where I was able to develop my commercial acumen. My last role, and the role I am leaving to join Eastwoodhill Arboretum, is for a non-for-profit called Recreation Aotearoa, who are a membership organisation that is the voice of recreation in Aotearoa, where I was the Parks, Play and Open Spaces Programme Manager, looking after a national portfolio.

Outside of work, I am a big family man and have two boys, Jackson (10) and Harry (8) and 3 dogs – Arlo, Ava and Archie. We are a mad football family, with both boys playing and I am the current head coach of the Gisborne Thistle Men’s First Team, as well as an elected board member for Central Football, our regional body.

I look forward to meeting you all and can’t wait to get started!

Nga Mihi Nui

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