Women in Seafood

Women in Seafood V7

Women in Seafood January 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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LYNISE ANNE KIREKA (EDEN)

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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JEAN KIBBLEWHITE

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

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

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

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

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…

Leonie Noble

Leonie Noble – Woman in Seafood

    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

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

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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Fleur Sullivan – Fleur’s Place

Fleur Sullivan Update 2024 – As a Woman In Seafood On the 6th December 2021 my 13 employees had to decide to have a Covid vax or not, so we could legally “ stay open “ and follow the Government mandate for restaurants like mine. (We had had information from local Doctors and the Nurses who…

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Claire Webber

Claire Webber Executive Officer of the South Australian Sardine Industry Association UPDATE: 5 APRIL 2024 Women are an important component of the seafood industry and their hard work deserves recognition. They contribute to the sustainability, profitability and successful operation of our commercial fishing and the seafood supply chains and the value that diversity brings to…

Donna Wells

Donna Wells

Kia ora and welcome to my profile. I am the Chief Executive, owner, and sole Director of Finestkind Limited, a business established in December 2000. Finestkind has become a multi award winning company specializing in quota trading, exporting of fresh chilled fish and seafood promotion. I was born and raised in Auckland and am of…

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Christine Aston

Christine Aston 2024 Update It is now 8 years on since I wrote about my introduction to the fishing Industry, and much has changed for us. Back in 2012 we had brought a barge and started a part time business transporting vehicles, people and goods between French Pass and D’Urville Island, which took off in…

Nici Gibbs

Nici Gibbs

Nici Gibbs Director, Fathom Consulting Ltd I’ve been a policy advisor to the seafood industry for seventeen years now, but it all started by accident. Back in 1999 I dropped into a bar to help farewell an ex-colleague and I ended up chatting to a manager from the recently-established Seafood Industry Council (SeaFIC).  Next thing…