Far North - Te Tai Tokerau
I arrived in NZ from Canada in 1982 and settled in the Bay of Islands, where I worked as a nurse at the Bay of Islands hospital. I met my husband who was fishing in the Bay of Islands and Whangaroa areas at that time. We moved to Tutukaka/Whangarei then settled down in Pt Wells/Leigh for 22 years. Currently, we are back living in the Bay of Islands which I consider my NZ hometown.
I have been involved in the Leigh Commercial Fishermen’s Association for many years and on the NZ Federation of Commercial Fishermen executive.
I am proud to be part of the NZ fishing community and passionate about the healthy product that we supply. Fishers are hardworking and down to earth, and in my observation have always been resilient, adapting to changing times.
But over the last several years, there has been an onslaught of obstacles coming fast and furious at fishers. The owner/operators are being hit hard. Resilience is not enough on its own. Fishers and their families need support.
That is where I see my role, supporting hard working people that I have the outmost respect for, in an industry that I love.