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Our Family

CEO and Founder

Deborah Manning

Deborah Manning is our Founder and CEO, bringing the food rescue concept to life in Dunedin in 2012 and Auckland in 2015. A qualified lawyer and physiotherapist, Deborah has worked in the public health system, various law firms and is an invited lecturer at the University of Otago.

Auckland

Maria Madill

MANAGER
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Maria spent 20 years Account Directing in marketing, branding and design agencies around the world before discovering the food rescue mission while living in Sydney. She developed an addiction for the cause, firstly as a volunteer before being recruited onto the team at OzHarvest, then returning home to bring hands-on experience to build KiwiHarvest

Belinda Hughes

OPERATIONS & LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Belinda is the wizard who works closely with our food donors and recipient agencies to magically move food from where it’s not needed, to where it is! Well-versed in corporate, not for profit and social enterprise environments, she brings a wide range of skills and experience to the KiwiHarvest team.

Seidah Tuaoi

OPERATIONS AND LOGISTICS ASSISTANT
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Seidah is responsible for helping to keep things moving at our Auckland HQ, coordinating deliveries of food from businesses and collections by our recipient agencies. Outside of KiwiHarvest, Seidah is an experienced performing artist, and enjoys teaching dance to young people and setting up events for the dance community.

Terry Marsters

DELIVERER OF GOODNESS (DRIVER)
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Terry brings a big community heart calm and willingness to everything he does. His mechanical, forklifting and warehouse management skills are also put to good use handling our frequent bulk deliveries and looking after our little green fleet.

Seti Tuala

DELIVERER OF GOODNESS (DRIVER)
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Seti knows the food industry inside out from her years of experience working as a chef. She is now putting her experience and skills to good use for KiwiHarvest delivering good produce out to recipient agencies and helping them to work out what to do with it all!

Peter Gerrard

DELIVERER OF GOODNESS (DRIVER)
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Peter is the newest addition to our Auckland squad of drivers. Every morning he rides his bicycle to work to then spend the day collecting boxes and pallets of good food and delivering it out into to the community. In his free time, Peter loves to explore different golf courses
around New Zealand.

Amélie Schoen

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Amélie is the one keeping you updated on everything that is going at KiwiHarvest. She is the face behind our social media channels and, together with Andy, runs our Comms and Marketing department. In a previous life, Amélie worked as a professional singer before coming to New Zealand and studying Communications at AUT.

Andy Boor

COMMS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Andy brings with him three years’ experience managing community meals at FoodCycle in the UK. Together with Amélie he tells the world about the cool stuff we do and is the mastermind behind the KiwiHarvest website and newsletters. When he’s not doing that, he’s growing food in his garden, brewing his own beer, or watching English football at inconvenient hours.

Janice Blomgren

VOLUNTEER AND NORTH SHORE COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Janice is the commanding officer of KiwiHarvest’s green volunteer army across Auckland, as well as managing the logistics and operations of our North Shore Hub and van, which currently operates three days a week.

Dunedin

Susie Townshend

MANAGER
KIWIHARVEST DUNEDIN

Susie spent 8 years in the New Zealand Army as a chef, training in Culinary Arts and Logistics before moving to Dunedin to complete a Bachelor of Applied Management and working in events management. Susie currently volunteers for Land Search and Rescue and Bellyful so has an appreciation of the difference a helping hand can make for people in a time of need.

Rae De Haan

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AND ADMINISTRATION
KIWIHARVEST DUNEDIN

Rae’s job as volunteer coordinator means she meets every volunteer to provide their orientation and keeps our rosters running smoothly.

Christine Greer

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT
KIWIHARVEST DUNEDIN

Christine helps with day-to-day running tasks here at our office. With her help we’re able to ensure our administration processes are as effective as possible.

Allan Croad

DELIVERER OF GOODNESS (DRIVER) KIWIHARVEST DUNEDIN

Allan has been part of the team from the early days. His role as one of our drivers means he visits our many different food donors including the Otago Farmers Market early on Saturdays. Big Al is also our resident handyman.

Dan Mulvey

DELIVERER OF GOODNESS (DRIVER) KIWIHARVEST DUNEDIN

Dan is one of our superstar drivers. He is kept busy collecting food donations around town from the likes of cafes and supermarkets.

Hawke’s Bay

Nikki Gardner

COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST HAWKE’S BAY

Nikki coordinates our Hawke’s Bay operations in collaboration with local agency, Nourished for Nil. When she is not rescuing food, Nikki is busy spending time with her family and attending to her duties as a board member for Māori Women’s Refuge.

Board

David Kirk

BOARD CHAIRMAN
KIWIHARVEST

David Kirk is familiar to many Kiwis through his achievements at the top levels of both business and sport. He captained the All Blacks to win the Rugby World Cup in 1987. In business, David is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Bailador Investment Management. He is also the chairman of Trade Me Group and Kathmandu, and a director on multiple boards. He was awarded an MBE in 1987 and spent a period as an advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister.

Pieter Brits

BOARD MEMBER
KIWIHARVEST

Pieter Brits is an experienced commercial lawyer with degrees in both Law and Commerce. He is a Director and advisor to a number of technology companies and COO of Nomos One, a lease accounting and management software company.

Suneil Connor

BOARD MEMBER/TREASURER
KIWIHARVEST

Suneil Connor is the Chief Financial Officer of LINK International Group, a NZ-owned multinational business brokerage. He has formerly worked for both KPMG and Crowe Horwath. Suneil is a Committee Member of the Auckland Branch of the Institute of Directors, on the board of Auckland Foundation, and holds the position of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for both Auckland Foundation and KiwiHarvest.

Deborah Manning

BOARD MEMBER
KIWIHARVEST

Deborah Manning is our founder and CEO, bringing the food rescue concept to life in Dunedin in 2012 and Auckland in 2015. A qualified lawyer and physiotherapist, Deborah has worked in the public health system, various law firms and as an invited lecturer at the University of Otago.

Sydney Telfer

BOARD INTERN
KIWIHARVEST

Sydney Telfer is our KiwiHarvest Board Intern. Sydney is a student at the University of Otago studying environmental management and economics. She has represented New Zealand in the University Trans-Tasman rowing squad and received national titles in the sport. Sydney has been a consultant with Otago University’s Ignite Consulting and has a strong belief in social justice.

We also have a roster of volunteers who help immensely both in making sure the day-to-day things happen, and that our special events run smoothly.