Hugh Green was born in Raphoe in County Donegal in 1931.

Growing up in a family of eight children in a small town in rural Ireland there were no luxuries, but Hugh enjoyed his childhood in the close-knit Raphoe community.

Hugh emigrated to NZ where he worked hard and earned business success.

Maryanne Green (Hugh’s eldest daughter) established the Hugo Charitable Trust in 2O17 to continue her father’s philanthropic legacy.

Hugh Green

A Lad From Raphoe

By Mark Owens, 2005

Hugh Green

A drover lad, a cattle trader

Engineer and corporate raider

Scottish tunnels, Aussie cane

Ditches, piping, wind and rain

Hydro dams and island roads

Wheelbarrows and bucket loads

Drainage dug, all by hand

The Irish boys, a merry band

Diesel engines, hydraulic rams

More by levers, less by hands

Farming fringe of city sites

Office work and boardroom fights

Subdivided, built and leased

Trading shares, contracting ceased

Children grown, married fifty years

Doctor of law, respect of peers

Time to rest, look back with pride

At hardship taken in your stride

Sharing wealth with needs you know

Not bad, for a lad from Raphoe