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Upcoming Events

Seafood Sector  Wellbeing Event

19th October 2023

Join us on 19 October, between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm, at Tatapouri Sailing Club in Gisborne, for an unmissable seafood sector wellbeing event.

Past Events

Seafood Sector Wellbeing Event 

17th September 2023

Join us on 17 September, between 12 pm and 3 pm, at Ruawai-Tokatoka War Memorial Hall in Ruawai, Northland, for an unmissable seafood sector wellbeing event.

Seafood Sector Wellbeing Event 

21st September 2023

Join us on 21 September, between 11:30 am and 3 pm, at Boat Ramp Eatery in Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier, for an unmissable seafood sector wellbeing event.

The Big Check-In

4th May 2023

In tough times like these, farmers, growers, fishers and rural people check in on each other. We tell stories, yarn about the to-do list and remind ourselves that we’re resilient people, and we’ll get through this.

On Thursday 4 May (7pm-8:30pm), come and join the biggest rural check-in yet.

In a free, 90-minute interactive evening online with host Te Radar, we’ll reconnect with whānau and mates across the country, learn a few practical tools & tips for staying on track and share a few laughs.

Joining The Big-Check-in will be Steve Kearney (NZ Defence Force), and Dr Lucy Hone with some expert tools and tips for personal wellbeing & resilience, alongside community leaders Sandra Matthews (Tairāwhiti) and Michelle Ruddell (Tai Tokerau).

It’s a long road ahead, but we’ll get there. One step at a time.

Register for The Big Check-in at

Timaru Seafood BBQ

18th March 2023

FirstMate, Talley's Group, Sanford Limited and Pegasus Fishing invite you to a free fun-filled seafood barbecue at Timaru Yacht & Power Boat Club, between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 18th March

Save the date and come join us for some quality time with local fishers and their whanau and to taste delicious local seafood caught by local people

Havelock Festival

11th March 2023

The annual Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival is a vital part of Marlborough’s summer and its back for the 19th year, at the Havelock Domain. It's the perfect way to enjoy fresh seafood, alongside great kiwi music and entertainment for everyone.


Winter Newsletter

July 21st 2023

A word from our Chair, Geoff Donley Kia Ora and welcome to the first FirstMate newsletter.

RNZ: Mental health in seafood industry in the spotlight

The Herald: Darren Guard 'Navigating the choppy waters of professional fishers'

Stuff Lifestyle: Trustee, Tamar Wells 'Tired of paying someone else's mortgage, I bought with my sister'

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