Based in the Bay of Plenty, Wish for Fish in a non-profit charitable trust which is driven by a team of trustees, patrons, ambassadors, crew and volunteers.
I am currently Head of Alliances and Partnerships for FMG. This role primarily focuses on managing the strategic industry relationships we have at FMG, looking at how we are working together for shared goals and supporting and implementing our strategic plans.
My wife and I are involved in several community initiatives of which I enjoy various governance roles within. Over the last two years we have sponsored and supported W4F which has been a very humbling and motivating experience for us. My role within the Charity is to provide a key focus on corporate sponsorship opportunities. This is a great Trust to be involved with, working with like-minded people with a clear vision of what we want to achieve.
Born and bred in Pyes Pa, Tauranga, my working career began as an apprentice at Paramount Sheetmetals, where I ended up as part owner, and continued working there for 52 years.
With a long and varied career in stainless steel engineering, designing and fabrication of equipment for around the world, including designing and building a range of aluminium boats, it was natural to develop ‘The Striker’ for Bryce, which allows him to fish with a remote-control fishing system. With my love of outdoors, and ‘can-do/nothing is impossible’ attitude, I strongly support our Charity and Bryce with achieving his dream.
I have been involved with Wish4Fish since April 2017 after reading an article in UNO Magazine featuring the Charity. I was intrigued with Bryce’s dream of building a purpose-built boat and came onboard to help achieve Project Noah.
My background is as a registered property valuer and property investor with a sole focus these days on property investment. My role with the Charity is to help the team pool together the required resources to achieve the project outcome and ensure its viability. It’s been amazing to see the charity grow and gain momentum in the short time I’ve been involved, with the dream of a wheelchair accessible vessel helping the needs of the community becoming closer to reality every day.
It was during an event in 2015 at the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club that I first heard Bryce share his journey and the purpose of the Wish4Fish charity. As ex-Navy, I have a natural attraction to the water, so I strongly support what Wish4Fish have set out to achieve.
I have been a regular supporter of the charity over the years, and after recently departing as Committee Member and Emcee for the Club, I wanted to share my skills and knowledge with an organisation I feel passionate about.
It was about 5 years ago when I first heard of Wish4Fish. As Safer Boating Adviser for the BOPRC I helped sponsor a Wish4Fish fishing tournament and provided Safer Boating packs for competition entrants – I remember thinking what an absolutely fantastic charity and worthwhile cause this was.
As a lifelong fisherman I fully understand the value of getting out on the water, but it wasn’t until I went out on a beneficiary trip with Bryce that I fully understood the huge impact and simple joy this can bring to our beneficiaries – I saw for myself that these benefits go way beyond the fishing trip itself. In December 2020 I was lucky enough to get the chance to join the team at Wish4Fish as General Manager.
I strongly believe that fishing in all forms, teaches many life skills, from socialising and bonding, to winning and accepting defeat or being able to provide food for the dinner table.