PORT of Tauranga has announced Melanie Dyer as its new corporate services manager.

Ms Dyer replaces the recently retired Sara Lunam and is to join Port of Tauranga later this year.

She is currently the general manager people and culture for Tauranga-based Trustpower Limited.

Before joining Trustpower in 2014, Melanie spent 11 years at Hydro Tasmania, where she held several roles including people and performance manager and manager health, safety and quality.


She has a Master’s degree in organisational development and leadership studies.

Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said the company was pleased to have found “a candidate of Melanie’s calibre”.

Melanie Dyer. Credit: Port of Tauranga

“Melanie’s expertise and experience in skills and leadership development will be invaluable as we continue to build capacity at New Zealand’s busiest port while maintaining our special ‘can-do’ culture,” Mr Cairns said.

Port of Tauranga also announced its group health and safety manager, Pat Kirk, has joined the senior management team.

Mr Kirk joined the company seven years ago and has more than three decades’ experience in health and safety.

“Our people are our top priority and Pat’s appointment to the senior team reflects the importance of their health and safety to our ongoing success,” Mr Kirk said.