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Marlborough / Kaikōura

Travel east from the epicentre of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry to the cray and pāua fisheries of Kaikōura. We are currently searching for Navigators to help out in this region. If you’re interested to learn more about the role, please contact us using the form below.

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Mike Holland

Marlborough - Te Tauihi-o-te-waka

I live in Renwick, Marlborough and work from Havelock South. I have worked in marine farming for more than 30 years.

I was brought up on a farm in South Otago and left school at 14 to learn the trade of shearing sheep. In 1988 I decided to let go of my farming dreams and start my mussel industry career as a deck hand on a mussel boat based out of Havelock. A year later I sat my Skipper’s Ticket and ended up skippering a mussel harvester through to 2007 when I was offered a job ashore as operations manager at Clearwater Mussels - a role I’m passionate about to this day. I manage all operational activities, from sustainability initiatives to compliance issues. I wear a lot of different hats to support six vessels and 45 staff.

In 2011 I was named Marine Farmer of the Year by the Marine Farming Association (MFA) - a tremendous honour for me and my family. I continue to be actively involved in several industry associations and bodies, acting as a voice for the marine farming industry.

I am fully aware of aquaculture’s significant contribution to regional economic growth and to the seafood sector as a whole. And I am also no stranger to the challenges and hardships people in the industry may face.

I know firsthand how things can easily tip over and become overwhelming, and that’s when people might need a bit of help to cope. I look forward to giving something back to the industry I’m so proud to be a part of. FirstMate navigators are here to enable a mental well-being check-in and to provide some comfort to help you deal with whatever might be troubling you.

Call 0800 ADRIFT for support any day between 7am and 10pm or email to access the support you need. We also have a growing library of free resources available for you to access on our website.