The crew

These are the people who make LegaSea possible. The LegaSea crew focus on fundraising and elevating public awareness of issues that affect recreational fishers. This team appreciates the support of a growing team of volunteers. Our core Fisheries Management team work on the gritty detail. Our Governance team provide leadership.
The LegaSea contractors focus on elevating public awareness of issues that affect recreational fishers and fundraising.

Sam Woolford

LegaSea program lead

sam@legasea.co.nz

Growing up with the Manukau Harbour as his backyard, Sam's earliest fishing memories were of rowing a wooden clinker across Blockhouse Bay catching kahawai on spinners. From here, his passion for the ocean grew. As a qualified dive instructor; summers were spent fishing, diving, delivering boats up and down the country and working on yachts in New Caledonia. After returning from a 5-year hiatus in Europe, the noticeable decline in the health of our coastal fisheries spurred a desire to get involved. “I want future generations to grow up enjoying similar experiences as we did when kids". Sam has a Marketing and IT background and is a qualified CIMA accountant.

Trish Rea

Communications lead

trish@legasea.co.nz

Trish is a professional and experienced advocate, and has more than a decade of fisheries management experience. She has worked on issues from sustainability reviews to policy management to public rights, and is extremely dynamic in her ability to spread information and increase public awareness. Naturally, she brings an extensive network of well-developed, positive working relationships with recreational fishing, tangata whenua and environmental interest groups. Trish is a valuable part of the team – not just for her professionalism, smarts and experience – but because she’s got tons of energy and is loads of fun.

Simon Yates

Corporate relations and fundraising

simon@legasea.co.nz

Simon’s father handed him his first fishing rod at the age of five. From that moment on fishing for him became far more than just a means to an end. It influenced where he lived, where he holidayed, who is best mates were, his skill development in boating, tackle management and preparing kai moana. It helped shape his proud kiwi heritage. Simon has a substantial and award winning sporting, sponsorship, promotional marketing and advertising background. An extremely creative and strategic thinker he can help make LegaSea supporters not just leaders but heroes of the future. "I can’t stand by and watch the destruction of our kiwi lifestyle so that a few fellow kiwis can selfishly manage our fishery into a desert for their own short term gain. I want to pass on the life rewarding opportunity that fishing provides, not just a bunch of old photos and bedtime stories of how it once was. This vision cannot be achieved alone. We need every kiwi to play their part. It’s the responsibility of us all”

Pieter Battaerd

Supporter engagement

pieter@legasea.co.nz

Since 2005 Pieter has served as a volunteer including helping with Kahawai Legal Challenge fund raising roles, Hokianga Accord ringa wera (kitchen hand), LegaSea Boat Show attendances and a variety of other roles. There are many people who can thank him for his encouragement to subscribe and contribute. He brings to our team a valued mix of humility and generosity. He is passionate about helping others.  Pieter has been a fire fighter for 16 years, served on Boards of community organisations or simply been the ‘go to’ man when a problem needs solving. He loves nothing more than helping people catch their first fish. Pieter now takes responsibility for serving the growing LegaSea subscriber and contributor community. His job is to help people encourage others to come aboard and spread the word.

Josh Barclay

Wellington support crew

josh@legasea.co.nz

Josh came on board after completing a Marine Science degree at Victoria University. Based in Wellington he represents LegaSea and the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council at the Wellington-based Science Working groups meetings run by the Ministry for Primary Industries, and other agencies. Josh has spent time as a research assistant, designing a shark tagging system around Wellington’s harbours. He is an avid diver and loves to spend his spare time exploring the rugged coastlines around the lower North Island. Josh spent a lot of time around the Nelson/Marlborough area when he was younger, the experiences he was lucky enough to have inspired him to make sure this is available for everyone into the future. “Spending so much time in such a breath-taking location, right off my doorstep, developed the passion and enthusiasm I have today. I want to make sure all New Zealanders can have this also, it’s what makes us who we are.”

Scott Cushman

FishCare Coordinator

cush@legasea.co.nz

Scott is our Community Builder. He is committed to LegaSea and protecting our fisheries because the sea has provided him with thousands of fond memories involving four generations of his family. He first tried to catch fish in a bucket of water at age 3. Since then it’s been countless sunrises, big red rock caught snapper, sprats on a hand-line and tugging tuatuas out of surf swept sand. It is these experiences and resulting respect of New Zealand’s rich marine environment that inspires him to share LegaSea’s vision of abundance. Scott’s vision for LegaSea is to grow the grass roots support into a community of people who will lend voices, wallets and votes to accomplish the vision of abundance.
The LegaSea Governance Advisory Committee are members of and appointed by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. The Governance team provides LegaSea with the necessary leadership and guides workflows.

Bob Gutsell

President New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

021750 562

Bob has been an avid fisher since he was old enough to hold a fishing rod. His first fishing photo was of a two year old holding a sprat on the Raglan Wharf almost 50 years ago. Since then he has fished most of the North Eastern and Western Coasts of the North Island and from Panama to San Diego on the American West Coast. He was a founding member of the Waikato Sport Fishing Club in 1989 and the President of that club from 2008 to 2014. At the same time he became a New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Board Member, he has been the Communication Committee Chair since 2013, became Vice President of in 2014 and in 2018 he was elected as President of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. Bob has a passion for growing the organisations he works with, helping them look to the future while simultaneously stabilising the here and now with strategic thinking, good governance practices and a focus on building great relationships to achieve outstanding outcomes for the organisation.

Lewis Avenell

Chairman of New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Fisheries Management Committee

Lewis grew up fishing on the Kaipara Harbour. Later he joined the Big Fish Fishing Club. After moving to Taranaki and joining the New Plymouth Sportfishing and Underwater Club he soon took up the role of club delegate to the Council. He quickly found himself appointed to be the Waikato/Taranaki representative on the NZSFC Board. Due to his growing interest Lewis is now an active contributor to the Fisheries Management - Marine Protection Sub-Committee.

Peter Campbell

Vice President. New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

Peter is a respected member of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council’s executive and was Vice President from 2001 to 2009. He is based in Tauranga and has been a zone delegate to the NZSFC Board for 16 years. His distinctive leadership style ensures efficient development of fisheries management submissions and policy documents, and delivery of regular updates for members and supporters.

Mark Connor

Immediate Past President. New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

Mark is the Council’s Immediate Past President. He is a long-term member of the Ashley Sport Fishing Club in North Canterbury. Mark is the South Island’s representative on the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Board. Mark is keen to continue working to ensure the next generation of New Zealanders enjoy quality fishing, a productive marine ecosystem and strong representation of amateur fishing interests.

Richard Baker

LegaSea and New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Fisheries Management spokesperson

Richard is a founding member of the NZ Land Based Game Fishing Club and has been involved with the Council for 26 years. Richard was President from 2008 to 2011, and is now the Council’s youngest ever life member. He is one of New Zealand’s IGFA representatives and a Trustee of the NZ Marine Research Foundation. Richard’s experience is invaluable when he represents the Council as LegaSea’s spokesperson on fisheries management, policy and public education issues.

Dirk Sieling

Governance and Fisheries Management

Dirk Sieling has been a keen angler since his childhood in Holland, where he spent many hours as a kid catching eel and flounder. He continued this passion in New Zealand where he moved in 1974. He learned to dive in Whitianga and spent most of his spare time fishing, diving and hunting. In recent years he represented recreational fishers in the SEACHANGE Stakeholder Working Group that amongst many other things recommended sweeping changes in the management of the greater Hauraki Gulf fisheries, the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park. Dirk was a regular contributor to NZ Fishing News and is also the author of the Solomon Islands Cruising Guide. Currently he is an elected representative on the Fonterra Shareholders Council where he is tasked with co-chairing a representation and governance review. He has also served as a Councillor on the Thames Coromandel District Council. Dirk is a member of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club and continues to share his passion for fishing. Dirk feels strongly about a more rational approach to fisheries management in New Zealand.

Ross Lucas

Governance and Eastern Bay of Plenty delegate

Ross has been a member of the Mount Maunganui Sport Fishing club since 2006 and Te Kaha Sport Fishing Club since 2012. He became a NZSFC delegate for Mount Maunganui Sport Fishing Club in 2013, and became the Zone 8 board representative in 2015. He sits on the Fishing and Communications Committees and the LegaSea Governance Advisory sub-committee. Ross has a passion for fishing and feels that his role on the communications committee and fishing committee help the information to flow to clubs from the Council and ensure that the clubs are getting the correct information and they can then make decisions. Ross hopes that the Council will be a good support for clubs and help be their voice in the wider community.

Scott Macindoe

LegaSea, Fisheries Management and Alignment specialist

Scott Macindoe is the backbone of LegaSea.  His passion is to make certain that the Vision of 'more fish in the water for future generations' is not something that we just talk about – he wants it to become our REALITY. He is an active environmentalist, a good fisherman, a talented networker, a successful businessman, a green-fingered gardener & a loving family man.  His mind is often miles ahead of the others in the room – it is his clarity, insightfulness and ability to think laterally that are his real diamonds. Scott is totally clear that we can successfully create an organised, professional and respected group that does a fantastic job to represent the interests of all New Zealanders.  He is all about working positively Together, witnessed by his efforts to connect recreational fishers with tangata whenua and environmental groups around New Zealand.  Scott believes success will be achieved together by understanding & respecting each other’s aspirations and needs. His energy is infectious and his passions are inspiring. Call Scott on (021) 622463 or email scott@legasea.co.nz.
New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representatives, who work on the fisheries management advocacy, research, education and alignment.

Lewis Avenell

Chairman of New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Fisheries Management Committee

Lewis grew up fishing on the Kaipara Harbour. Later he joined the Big Fish Fishing Club. After moving to Taranaki and joining the New Plymouth Sportfishing and Underwater Club he soon took up the role of club delegate to the Council. He quickly found himself appointed to be the Waikato/Taranaki representative on the NZSFC Board. Due to his growing interest Lewis is now an active contributor to the Fisheries Management - Marine Protection Sub-Committee.

Trish Rea

Communications lead

trish@legasea.co.nz

Trish is a professional and experienced advocate, and has more than a decade of fisheries management experience. She has worked on issues from sustainability reviews to policy management to public rights, and is extremely dynamic in her ability to spread information and increase public awareness. Naturally, she brings an extensive network of well-developed, positive working relationships with recreational fishing, tangata whenua and environmental interest groups. Trish is a valuable part of the team – not just for her professionalism, smarts and experience – but because she’s got tons of energy and is loads of fun.

John Holdsworth

John Holdsworth is our Fisheries Science Expert – the man who tells it like it is – using language that we can all understand. John is Director of BlueWater Marine Research – a company that conducts a range of scientific research projects, with a special focus on recreational fish species and management issues. He has over 20 years of experience in fisheries research and is a member of multiple Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Science Working Groups including Highly Migratory Species, Inshore Finfish, and Marine Amateur Fisheries. John is often seated at the important decision-making tables, and he has this fantastic ability to translate complex fisheries management issues into simple concepts. Because of all this, and so much more, we think he is more valuable than gold.

Wayne Bicknell

Wayne is a life member of the Hawke’s Bay Sport Fishing Club and an IGFA representative. His years of experience, both in the Ministry’s Area 2 Regional Recreational Fisheries Forum and as a founding member of LegaSea Hawkes Bay, means Wayne is a valuable asset to the Fisheries Management - Marine Protection Sub-committee of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and LegaSea team. Wayne has always been a passionate fisherman with a strong sense of commitment to leave the fishery in a better state for those who follow.

Mark Connor

Immediate Past President. New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

Mark is the Council’s Immediate Past President. He is a long-term member of the Ashley Sport Fishing Club in North Canterbury. Mark is the South Island’s representative on the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Board. Mark is keen to continue working to ensure the next generation of New Zealanders enjoy quality fishing, a productive marine ecosystem and strong representation of amateur fishing interests.

Richard Baker

LegaSea and New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Fisheries Management spokesperson

Richard is a founding member of the NZ Land Based Game Fishing Club and has been involved with the Council for 26 years. Richard was President from 2008 to 2011, and is now the Council’s youngest ever life member. He is one of New Zealand’s IGFA representatives and a Trustee of the NZ Marine Research Foundation. Richard’s experience is invaluable when he represents the Council as LegaSea’s spokesperson on fisheries management, policy and public education issues.

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