Posts by Donna Wells

Women in Seafood January 2018

By Donna Wells / January 12, 2018

January 2018 and time to press pause and reflect on the women in seafood we have profiled to date. Each and every one of these ladies has a role and a place in the seafood industry and these stories need to be heard.  It has been great to be able to promote them and the many…

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By Donna Wells / December 2, 2017

It’s fair to say fishing is in my blood. As a kid I grew up around the wharf in Greymouth. I was known as ‘Spud’- I still am.   I have great memories of playing on Dad’s boat (FV Chance) whitebaiting in the lagoon, playing pretend at the wheel, pinching the stash of juicy fruit…

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By Donna Wells / November 6, 2017

Jean Kibblewhite and Antonia Workman run the office of Splashzone Marine Limited and have been on the job for years. Toni, who came on board with an extensive background and experience in the fishing industry, 25 years of office work and training with Wellington Trawling and a clear understanding of species, the QMS, MHR’s, ACE…

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Ali Undorf-Lay

By Donna Wells / October 13, 2017

ALI UNDORF-LAY I am passionate about the sea and keen to take the mystery out of what happens when a vessel disappears behind the horizon line and starts catching fish. If people know where we work and why we do things the way we do, and that our industry is science based and sophisticated, it’s…

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Renee Wilson

By Donna Wells / September 3, 2017

Renee Wilson In February 2014, I saw an ad for a temporary role recruiting fishing crew for Sealord. I had recently left my job as a Nurse and was looking to sink my teeth into an operational and dynamic job that would keep me on the edge of my seat and offer some development. This…

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Jodie Kuntzsch

By Donna Wells / August 1, 2017

JODIE KUNTZSCH – UPDATE 2024 Like many in the seafood industry, my career path has been shaped by a deep-rooted passion for the ocean and a commitment to driving positive change in the way we interact with it. Over 20 years ago, I first arrived in New Zealand and into the world of fisheries and…

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Ellen Kibblewhite – Fisher

By Donna Wells / July 8, 2017

In the summer of 2012 I had my first taste of Cray fishing off our family farm, Whangaehu in the Hawkes Bay and caught rock lobster destined for the Chinese market.   Launching our 9m alloy cat Lucy-c with 500hp was exciting, backing the old Ford county down the side of a reef with rocks…

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Leonie Noble – Woman in Seafood

By Donna Wells / June 7, 2017

    Championing the role of Australian women in seafood From Invisible Farmer   Leonie Noble is currently the national president of Australia’s Women in Seafood Board (WINSC) and has been involved in the rock lobster industry in the Midwest and Abrolhos regions in Western Australia for 35 years. Leonie has a passion for the seafood…

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Betty Pinkney – Fisher

By Donna Wells / May 4, 2017

Betty Pinkney (1936 – 2023) Updated 2024 With deepest respect, we advise that our lovely Betty passed away on 20 October 2023. Kohukohu won’t be the same.  Betty passed away peacefully with all her family at her side. Thank you for all you did to serve this industry, Betty; to make a path which made…

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Katherine Short – Terramoana Limited

By Donna Wells / March 31, 2017

PROFILE UPDATE: MARCH 2024 KATHERINE SHORT TERRA MOANA LIMITED – NEW ZEALAND Coming from a maritime family, I have been in, on, and under the water all my life. Although I loved living in Switzerland where I worked for WWF International, being away from the ocean was desiccating and so I came home. Having spent nearly…

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