Alan Jolliffe

Team Profile

As a horticulturist and Parks and Recreation Manager, Conservation Manager, Heritage Property Manager and Adviser, Alan has managed a range of Botanic Gardens, Parks, Recreation, and Heritage Places for more than 28 years.

Within Tertiary Education, for more than 18 years he has been a Principal Lecturer teaching (Recreation, Tourism, Marketing, Leisure, Research Methods, Management) and held Senior Management roles (Acting Dean, Associate Dean) in commerce, tourism, and innovation as well as Administration Services Manager in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering and as College Operations Manager in the College of Engineering.

Alan is interested in future trends and ideas that will enable people to enjoy living in a world which looks after all its resources.


  • MSc, Indiana University (USA) in Parks and Recreation Management
  • NDH (Hons)
  • Diploma in Parks and Recreation Administration
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching

Associations & Society Memberships

  • Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture (past National Chairman, Executive Member, and current President from 2023)
  • Canterbury Horticultural Society (former President)
  • NZ Recreation Association (Fellow)
  • NZ Institute of Management (Associate Member)
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) NZ (Treasurer)
  • Christchurch Garden City Trust (Trustee)
  • Te Kohaka O Tuhaitara Trust (Trustee)

Awards & Recognition

  • Silver Service Award – Canterbury Horticultural Society (2023)
  • Associate of Honour – RNZIH (2020)
  • John Taylor Award of Leadership in Horticulture – Canterbury Horticultural Society
  • PC Browne Grant: Travel to Canada for International Garden Tourism Conference (2011)
  • Kowhai Award – Canterbury Horticultural Society
  • Hon Life Member – Canterbury Horticultural Society (2004)
  • Outstanding Facility Award – RANZ (1992)
  • Scouting NZ Service Award (1989–1997)
  • Lebert H Weir Award: Outstanding Graduate Student – Indiana University (1980)
  • Dougal McKenzie Prize: Best Thesis NDH (Hons) – RNZIH (1979)
  • J.R. Templin Travelling Scholarship: travel to USA (1979/80)