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 the creator of Wish for Fish and along with my many support networks will continually strive to achieve our goals. Prior to my accident I have experienced on many occasions the ebbs and flows of emotions that one experiences from fishing. My fishing experience started from wharf fishing with my family as a young boy, to surf casting and boat fishing while growing into a young man. Fishing in all forms teaches many life skills from socialising and bonding, to being able to provide food for the dinner table. This includes the high of catching and landing a fish, the patience required to do this, the low of losing a fish and walking away empty handed, and finally the determination to put the bait back on the hook and the line back in the water.
My aim is that Wish for Fish will eventually be self funding, running on a fully commercial basis offering sea excursions for able bodied as well as the disabled. I have over ten years commercial experience in the hospitality industry, including senior management roles in bars, restaurants and hotels in the South Island.
I am a Chartered Accountant working at Mount Maunganui and have other business interests relating to the farming and fishing industries.
I have been brought up on the recreation of fishing whether it be whitebaiting , trout or longline fishing. I know the thrill it brings to hook and then hopefully land a fish and how that experience reminds us of the special moments that makes our lives fun. I would like to help Bryce in bringing that fun experience to all people through the successful running of the wish For Fish Trust.
I am a solicitor at Lyon O’Neale Arnold in Tauranga and when Bryce asked me to be a part of Wish for Fish I was honoured. I am fortunate enough to have been fishing before and I love the excitement it brings. Wish for Fish aims to make the opportunity available to people who have not experienced it before and that is the beauty of the charity. I am proud to be a part of Wish for Fish.
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.