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Brent Barber 

5. Brent Barber

Programme Coordinator and Senior Academic Staff Member, Horticulture

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Before Wintec, Brent spent three years as a Horticulture Consultant, three years at Palmers Garden world in nursery management, and four years operating his own landscape business for residential and commercial clients.

Brent has spent four years as the EIT Horticulture Program Coordinator for our Level 3 Diploma. He has also spent seven years as a horticulture tutor, regional training manager, and national business moderator.  

Brent has worked in horticulture since his appointment in 2017 and has been the Wintec representative for the horticulture centre at health and wellbeing expo’s and has been the Wintec representative on the PrITO review committee for General Horticulture (Level 4) strand in Amenity (2020). 


  • Growsafe Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching 


  • Diploma in Horticulture Management, 1990, Lincoln University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Horticulture), 1992, Lincoln University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce Subjects, 1993, Lincoln University
  • Adult Tertiary Teaching in Practice, 2019, Wintec 

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

Supporting and guiding students in their amenity horticulture studies to achieve their educational goals. Helping students gain employment opportunities or pathway into our amenity industry. 

I love developing new programmes in horticulture and seeing success for both our students and our horticulture industry. 

What do you love about your area?

Seeing students enjoy the practical aspects of our horticulture industry. I love seeing plants growing to their full potential through our practical work. Also, observing students reach their full potential in horticulture through doing excellent practical work and studying hard. 

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