Geoff Canham

Geoff canham

Work History

August 2006 – May 2013 
Opus International Consultants Ltd, Tauranga - Senior Project Manager: Parks and Recreation

August 2005 – August 2006 
New Zealand Recreation Association - Recreation Project Manager (overseeing concurrent physical activity strategic projects), Chair National Peer Review Panel

July 1995 – July 2005 
Tauranga City Council – 8 years as Manager Parks and Leisure

March 1993 – July 1995 
Hastings District Council

April 1991 – June 1992 
Edinburgh District Council, Scotland

February 1992 – June 1992 
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh - Scotland

April 1990 – April 1991 
Hilliers Nurseries, Hampshire - England

July 1987 – April 1990 
Palmerston North City Council

August 1984 – July 1987 
Wanganui District Council

April 1983 – August 
1984 H W King

(ARPro, NDH, Dip Hort, NEBSM, MNZRA)
Principal Advisor and Project Manager: Parks and Recreation

Years of experience: 35

Industry Leadership:

  • Former Chair of the New Zealand Recreation Association Strategic Regional Advisory Group
  • Former Chair of the New Zealand Recreation Association Central Region (17 years)
  • Chair of Accreditation Board New Zealand Recreation Association
  • Board Member Envirohub Tauranga
  • Member of the Maungatautiri Sanctuary Mountain Reserve Committee
  • Member of the Taitua Aboretum Advisory Group


  • National Diploma in Horticulture (RNZIH)
  • British National Certificate in Supervisory Management
  • Diploma in Horticulture (Massey)
  • Trade Certificate & Horticultural Apprenticeship

Key achievements:

  • Ian Galloway Memorial Award – for outstanding service to the Parks Industry. Geoff was recognised at the 2013 New Zealand Recreation Association Awards as a highly regarded professional within parks and recreation and is known for thinking outside the square and at the leading edge of industry changes. The Ian Galloway Memorial Cup acknowledges outstanding personal contribution in parks, amenity horticulture and open space.
  • In 2005 Geoff Canham was hosted in the United States by the U.S State Department for Agriculture (U.S.D.A) for a month to undertake a speaking tour in the U.S. This included presentations in Washington D.C to the U.S.D.A and in Chicago to the American Parks and Botanic Gardens industry on the roles of communities and ‘indigenous people’ (as they termed it) in open space management.
  • Over 15 conference presentations in New Zealand and the U.S
  • Over 12 articles published
  • Two industry awards for recreation projects
  • Six years as a senior specialist parks and recreation consultant
  • 10 years at a senior management level at Tauranga City Council for parks / leisure services prior to commencing as a specialist parks and recreation consultant in 2006
  • Parks and recreation programme management and management assistance for parks agencies
  • Regional park development   
  • Expert witness for recreation
  • Collaborative environmental projects with tangata whenua
  • Community consultation and management plans
  • Peer review and management of the NZRA National Planning Service
  • Accredited Recreational Professional, Chair of Accreditation Panel 
  • 17 years NZRA Central Region chairman

Relevant training:

  • 2009- IAP2 Consultation Training
  • 2006 - “The Long Term Council Community Plan”
  • 2005 - International Computer Drivers Licence
  • 2004 - Effective Business Writing
  • 2004 - Cultural Connections
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Accounting for non-Accountants
  • Situational Leadership
  • Team Implementation workshop
  • Quality Management
  • Risk Management and Liability
  • Contract Negotiation and Competitive tendering
  • Performance Indicators