Reni Wereta-Gargiulo, Owner and Business Manager
Reni Wereta-Gargiulo (NZ DipBus) has a diverse background in marketing, promotion, business administration and tourism to mention a few. Entrepreneurial skills inherited from ancestors on her mother’s side (O’Carroll) coupled with her Maori values and heritage of Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa on her father’s side are the strong foundation that drive her passion for business. These two lineages together and a love for seafood have developed Kiwi Kai.
Encapsulating 30 years of skills into a seafood business has been beneficial in securing strong relationships with core seafood suppliers, buyers and advisors. Reni’s marketing and promotional expertise has enabled the business to grow into retail, local markets, online sales and catering. Kiwi Kai catering is enjoyed by local business and many National and International groups from Government organisations, Maori Corporations, Cricket World Cup, Nelsons Sister city Huangshi guests and more.
Kaitiakitanga – Sustainability is very important to Kiwi Kai and it sits at the forefront of all decision making within the business. Reni is currently developing a new sustainability document for Kiwi Kai which will weave throughout the business.
Today Kiwi Kai offer a range of products and services with a kaupapa Maori influence through their indigenous fusion of kai for your palette.
Kiwi Kai Services
- Retail products
- Tikanga Maori Event planning
- Catering services
- Wholesale supply
Kiwi Kai Awards
- Winner “Best From The Water Section” FMNZ Awards 2016
- Winner “People’s Choice Award” Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 2015
- Highly Commended “Best From The Water Section” FMNZ Awards 2015
By Donna Wells
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