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Legacy Trust

Legacy Trust is the owner of Legacy Funerals and other funeral interests.  The unique thing about the Legacy Trust is that all profits from its business interests go back to the community. 

Our funeral directors have gifted over $3.1 million to charities, schools, clubs and other worthwhile causes.  The business model is very special as it truly enables families and Legacy staff to create a lasting legacy in their community. 

Purpose of the Trust

Legacy Trust is a registered charitable trust and the owner of Legacy Funerals and other funeral business interests. The Trust is responsible for the management of business operations and the annual distribution of all profits from the business for the good of the respective communities in which it operates. Each year, the Trust makes a full disclosure of fund distribution on this website. Since Legacy Trust was formed in 2007, over $3.1 million has been gifted to the local community - generosity that is only possible because of the choice families have made in choosing Legacy Funerals.

Legacy Funeral costs are comparable to others, yet offer added value through benefits to the community.  Some of the charities and organisations to have benefited include: Waipuna Hospice, Surf Lifesaving Bay of Plenty, Parkinsons Association, Rescue Helicopter, Riding for the Disabled, local colleges, Tauranga Foodbank, Tauranga Arts Festival, Tauranga Rugby Union and the Foundation for Youth Development. These are but some examples, but they portray the breadth of beneficiaries.

Those associated with Legacy Funerals and Legacy Trust hope you can identify with the wonderful opportunity this gift provides for people to make a lasting difference to the lives of others.

Our Story

The unique thing about Legacy Funerals is that we are owned by a charitable trust, meaning that all of the profits go back to the community. Here is the story of how we came to be:

In 2007, Tauranga identity Gregory Brownless - then owner of Woodhill and Tauranga Park Funeral Homes, made a decision that would change his life and the lives of others in the community around him. 

Driven by a longstanding desire to give something back to the people who had given him so much, and convinced that there were others who wanted to make a similar lasting gesture, Greg decided to literally give his business to the community. And so, Legacy Funerals and the Legacy Trust were created.

Greg Brownless, left, (pictured with Kevin Wearne from the newly established Legacy Funerals), accepting $1 in exchange for his $1.2 million dollar business.

Greg Brownless, left, (pictured with Kevin Wearne from the newly established Legacy Funerals), accepting $1 in exchange for his $1.2 million dollar business.

The significance of the Pohutukawa Tree in our logo

The Pohutukawa Tree features in our logo to symbolise a legacy and also to represent a significant annual event at Legacy Funerals. Every year, prior to Christmas, a service of remembrance is held at Tauranga Park. Those who attend are invited to write a memorial note for their loved one which is then placed in the ground beside our Pohutukawa Tree as a gesture of remembrance.

Purpose of Legacy Trust

Legacy Trust is a registered charitable trust and the owner of Legacy Funerals and other funeral business interests. The Trust is responsible for the management of the business operations and the annual distribution of all profits from the business for the good of the local community. Each year, the Trust will make a full disclosure of fund distribution via this website and local newspapers.  You can read more about the Trust here.

The Trustees

Greg Brownless

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. In this way he receives rental income. It is intended that these properties will be gifted to The Acorn Foundation upon his death.

Bill Holland

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.

Our Impact

Create the perfect tribute - and create a legacy...

$3,100,000+ has been gifted back to the community since 2007


Over 400 community organisations have received grants from Legacy Trust


All profits from Legacy Funerals are distributed by Legacy Trust to local charities. This generosity that is only possible because of the choice that families have made in choosing Legacy Funerals.