About

Our Team

The  tight-knit team at Eastwoodhill works across all aspects of the Arboretum - keeping it looking great for visitors year-round.

Find out a little more about us.

Dan Haliday - Curator

Curator Dan Haliday leads the team, and is passionate about botany and Eastwooodhill. Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and can often be found working amongst the trees on one of the many walking tracks or in the office.

Dan Haliday took up the position of curator at Eastwoodhill in January 2015 after a comprehensive career in botany and horticulture. He initially gained a Trade Certificate in Horticulture and was employed at a tree and shrub nursery in Waiuku, South Auckland. He also holds a Diploma in Nursery Management and Degree papers in Botany and Zoology from Massey University.

Dan has worked for Napier Parks and Recreation (Marine Parade) and large and small private homestead gardens,learning the techniques of amenity horticulture. For the past nine years he has been employed in the tree nursery trade as a horticultural broker and consultant in Hawke’s Bay.

Dan has a long association with Eastwoodhill. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, his grandparents lived in Gisborne where his grandfather was head customs officer. Dan's  grandfather became friends with Douglas Cook and was invited out on several occasions. Of course Dan was too young, but throughout his life he made many more excursions to this magnificent collection of trees and plants.

Monique Haliday - Membership and Education Co-ordinator

Monique Haliday has been working at Eastwoodhill since January 2015 and she feels absolutely blessed to have been given the role as education and membership coordinator.

Monique comes from a nursing, mental health and disability background. She has an inherent passion, fascination and interest in people from all walks of life, and an ethos that we all have gems of wisdom to share; we can all make someone smile.

 Adam Greaves - Arboretum Maintenance

Adam Greaves has lived in Gisborne his entire life and joined the team in November 2015.  Bringing with him 12 years experience in his career as a farm general and driver operator before moving into open space management, gaining a Level 3 Turf Management qualification. Adam saw the opportunity to return to working rurally which is his passion.

Working in the Arboretum is the perfect opportunity to combine his interests and skills while expanding his knowledge further.  He has always had an interest in conservation and likes to have variation in a job where he gets to do a range of tasks. 

Adam is very happy to be part of the team working towards the vision for the future of Eastwoodhill.

Dan Taylor - Plant Collection Assistant

Daniel Taylor began working at Eastwoodhill in November 2015.  He has come from Wellington where he completed his qualification in Amenity Horticulture.

When Dan isn't chasing the Autumn leaves you will find him out in the Arboretum tending the trees and shrubs.

Marg Sherratt - Housekeeping

Marg comes with local farming/horticulture background.  She spend 20 years growing and exporting Sweat Pea seed to England and is now enjoying working at Eastwoodhill Arboretum meeting and working with wonderful people from all walks of life.

Marion Nicholas - Office Administrator

Marion joined our cheerful team in September 2016. She has been a friend and volunteer of Eastwoodhill for a number of years and is delighted to be working full time in such beautiful surroundings.

She is a local lady with a back round in banking and retail management. She is passionate about gardening and has had experience in a retail garden center.