Greg Brownless commenced his funeral directing company in Tauranga in 1990. He has been actively involved in the community, appearing in many amateur plays and musicals. He has also been patron of Tauranga Repertory Society, Tauranga Senior Citizens and Tauranga Special Olympics. In the weeks after the asian tsunami of 2004 Greg travelled to Phuket to assist with the identification and repatriation of those who had died in that tragedy. Realising that there was more to life than accumulating material things, Greg gifted his funeral business to the Tauranga community in 2007 so that he could see the results of his gift during his lifetime. Greg is thrilled that over $2.7million dollars has been granted to community groups so far. While Greg no longer receives a salary or benefit from the funeral business which he formerly owned, his family trust continues to own the Woodhill and Tauranga Park funeral home premises. It is intended that these properties will be gifted to The Acorn Foundation upon his death.
Bill Holland is a partner of local law firm Holland Beckett. He has had extensive community involvement including Tauranga Boys' College Board of Trustees (chairperson - 12 years), Tauranga Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow and past-president), YMCA (chairperson - 5 years), Tauranga Rowing Club (life member), Acorn Foundation (founding Chair) and Tauranga Old Boys' Rugby Club (secretary). He is currently a Priority One Board member, the Chair of TECT, and he serves as a trustee on a number of community-based trusts.
When asked about his role as a trustee here is what Bill had to say: "I have been involved with Legacy Trust since 2006, when Greg Brownless gave his very successful funeral business to a charitable trust, so that all the profits can be given back to the community. This was a remarkable and quite unique act of generosity by Greg and it has been an absolute pleasure to act with Greg as his co-trustee of the Legacy Trust.
Not only do I get to hear about the many wonderful, charitable activities being undertaken in the region, I also get to assist Greg with the distribution of funds to support them. Legacy Trust has made grants both big and small with more than $2.7million now distributed. We have always, first and foremost, acted on merit and community need, asking ourselves “would the families who chose Legacy Funerals feel good about this distribution we are about to make”. I know that Greg and I take our Trustee duties very seriously and we like to think that all families will be happy with the decisions we make".