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Our Family

Gavin Findlay

CEO

Gavin comes to KiwiHarvest as CEO, having spent his career across the travel, aviation, business and logistics sectors. An ex Officer in the Royal Air Force, he has previously worked with vulnerable communities and individuals in various parts of the world.

Deborah Manning

FOUNDER

Deborah is our Founder, 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 as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC)

Auckland

Belinda Hughes

OPERATIONS & LOGISTICS MANAGER
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

Amélie is the one keeping you updated on everything that is going at KiwiHarvest. She is the face behind our social media channels and 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.

Janice Blomgren

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST AUCKLAND

Janice is the commanding officer of KiwiHarvest’s green volunteer army across Auckland, helping ordinary Aucklanders to become food rescue superheroes, by jumping in our vans with our drivers, sorting and packing food at our HQ, and the many other ways in which volunteers rock our world.

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.

Trixie Croad

BRANCH COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST DUNEDIN

Trixie started as a volunteer in Auckland in 2018 and relocated down south to take over for Susie while she is on maternity leave. She also is our health and safety representative. A recent sociology and health promotion graduate, Trixie has a passion for sustainable food systems and an eye for the big picture.

Hawke’s Bay

North Shore

Queenstown

Jane Nicholson

COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST HAWKE’S BAY

Jane coordinates our Hawke’s Bay operations in collaboration with local agency, Nourished for Nil. Having lived in Hawke’s Bay most of her life, she is especially happy to be able to give back to her community. When she is not working hard rescuing good food, she puts us all to shame as she is very active and loves going to the gym.

Janice Blomgren

COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST NORTH SHORE

Janice was the driving force behind bringing KiwiHarvest’s operations over the bridge with the creation of our North Shore Hub, which now has its own van rescuing food and supporting North Shore agencies three days a week.

Lucy Deuble

COORDINATOR
KIWIHARVEST QUEENSTOWN

Lucy coordinates the KiwiHarvest operations in Queenstown which were established in partnership with Sustainable Queenstown Charitable Trust. As a certified reduce, reuse, recycle geek, Lucy welcomes every chance to discuss how we can reduce waste in our community!

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 Director of Bailador Technology Investments. He is also the chairman of Kathmandu and Forsyth Barr, as well as 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, 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 as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC)

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.