Our People

Meet our team of food rescue superheroes who make sure nothing goes to waste.

Our People

Every day our friendly drivers are on the road rescuing quality surplus food from amazing organisations and are the faces of Fair Food out and about in our community. They’re our food rescue superheroes rescuing great kai from going to landfill.

Matt Naber
Warehouse Assistant

Matt is an extra pair of hands exactly when you need them. He started as a volunteer and provides excellent support to our volunteers and warehouse team.

Vasene Pua
Vasene started as a volunteer but we quickly saw his potential to be out on the roads rescuing fresh kai for our volunteers to sort.

Sonny Wade
Sonny is a cheerful and vibrant addition to our team of drivers and has worked across the West Auckland community for a while so knows the difference food makes to our local whānau.

Aram Wu

Meet Aram, our weekend driver, a fun and bubbly community worker of many years, who has a passion for growing kai and setting up maara kai everywhere he can!

Gerald Goff

Meet our newest driver G! He’s got decades of trucking experience so we’re super lucky to have him on the roads rescuing healthy kai for our community.

Behind the Scenes

It takes all sorts of smarts and talents to make sure we’re recovering as much fresh food as possible to nourish our community.

Michelle Blau
General Manager

Meet Michelle, our passionate upcycler and zero waste enthusiast. Michelle brings a background in community advocacy, having worked on social justice campaigns around the world for the past 20 years. After spending time in many different countries, her family’s chosen West Auckland to be their permanent home. She believes if you’ve got more than you need, you should build a longer table not a taller fence.

Deborah McLaughlin

Meet Deb, our part-time CFO and food sorter extraordinaire who brings a wealth of knowledge from the food industry. Passionate about food and using it ALL up, Deb is a self-confessed geek at heart who does IQ tests for fun! She’s our biggest advocate for team quiz nights.

Tracey Pirini
Head of Operations and Relationships

Ko Mahuhu-ki-te-rangi me Horouta nga waka
Ko Maungakiekie me Hikurangi nga maunga
Ko Waitemata te moana. Ko Waiapu te awa.
Ko Ngati Whatua Orakei me Ngati Porou nga iwi

Meet Tracey Pirini, our Head of Operations and Relationships. Born and bred in TAT North, Tracey’s held leadership roles in the sports, tertiary and mental health sectors. She’s the backbone of Fair Food and has a Kiwibank NZ of the Year Local Hero medal to show for it.

Adele Duncan
Conscious Kitchen Manager

Adele is passionate about sustainability, waste minimisation, and food justice. She’s spent two decades perfecting zero waste recipes with top chefs around the world and is excited to share her skills with our community. She leads our Saturday sort and our kitchen experiences.

Maia Gallagher
Operations Assistant 

Maia has a passion for recycling and reducing food waste. She assists everyone in the Hub – you’ll catch Maia posting on social media, cooking in the kitchen, doing payroll, organising volunteers and rearranging the furniture!

Waiata Tucker
Volunteer Manager

Waiata has a passion for sustainability, food and nutrition. She was looking to find a creative and purposeful way to help  tackle food insecurity in her home community. If she offers you for a cup of coffee, take it! – she brews the best one at Fair Food!

Nickie Waddell
Corporate Partnerships Manager

Meet Nickie, our Corporate Partnerships Manager. With a background in the not for profit sector Nickie is passionate about supporting families in need. When she isn’t chasing after her three small children she is here at Fair Food creating exciting partnerships with great kiwi businesses and planning one-off fundraising events!

Sam Wright
Warehouse and Logistics Manager

As our jack of all trades, Sam has the awesome job of greeting our charity groups that arrive every morning to collect kai. He organises everything and everybody in the warehouse to keep us all in shipshape. He’s got a great eye for detail, so he’s always the right guy for the job. You can count on hearing Sam singing before you see him!

Join Us

If you’d like to be an honorary food rescue superhero, join us at the next volunteering session or express an interest in working with us.

Board of Trustees

Thanks to the loyalty and hard work of our volunteer Trustees, Fair Food has remained an enduring service for our community.

Melissa Crawford

Experienced lawyer, foreign policy adviser and our Board Chair, Melissa joined Fair Food as a Trustee in 2019 and is a huge advocate for Fair Food’s work in the community.

Kiri Hannifin

Kiri brings experience in human rights, policy, and public relations. She is passionate about community wellbeing and its connection to sustainability.

Bennie Hendricks

A stellar career in both the food industry and governance roles, Bennie brings his international experience to Fair Food to further our mission to feed people, not landfill.

Felicity Hopkins

With oodles of strategic, financial management and governance experience across commercial and for-purpose organisations, Felicity is our essential minister of finance!

Tapuaī Fa’amatuainu Fa’amalua George Tipi

Malua brings extensive networks in the business, community and sporting sectors. A teacher at heart, he gives back to the community through his role as Director of the Leataata Preschool, Education and Wellbeing Hub in Massey.

Venus Rangi

Vee has served our West Auckland community for many years through roles in the public sector and community groups. You’re as likely to find her whānau at the netball courts as at our kai tables.

Dame CIndy and Dr Davies bake together

Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro

Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand has chosen Fair Food for Vice-regal patronage to further our shared love of local kai.

Our Generous Supporters

Fair Food has some of the most outstanding and generous supporters a charity could ask for.

Join them


Auckland Council

Auckland Council: Auckland Council was one of the founding members of Fair Food back in 2011. Since then, they’ve been powering our mahi with grants projects in the waste and climate change space. They also join us on the Steering Committee of Kai West.


Foundation North

To enhance lives, Foundation North provides funding and support to initiatives large and small to respond to their communities now and for generations to come including Fair Food.


J R McKenzie Trust

The J R McKenzie Trust is a philanthropic family trust that has been grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1940. Known for funding groups and initiatives that often struggle to get grants elsewhere, we distribute allocated funds through a variety of approaches and mechanisms to organisations that align with their vision of a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

Logo for Ministry of Social Development

Ministry of Social Development

Huge investment to support food secure communities, MSD invests in food rescue and has recognised the sector with the establishment of Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance (https://www.afra.org.nz) (AFRA).


Perpetual Guardian

Perpetual Guardian is New Zealand’s pre-eminent provider of philanthropic services with a long history of structuring and honouring clients’ charitable intentions. With over 500 charitable entities under management, they distribute in excess of $40 million into the community on behalf of our generous donors each year.



ProCare services provide an accessible, equitable and supportive health and wellbeing experience for people in Aotearoa New Zealand. They help us share fresh healthy kai throughout the year.


The Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation is a family foundation that seeks opportunities to support innovative, forward-thinking initiatives that make a positive difference for Aotearoa New Zealand, in areas of whānau/families, community and environment. They’re helping expand the network of charities we help.


The Trusts

Supporting our people and helping us keep the lights on, The Trusts give us phenomenal support for all our critical resources. The Trusts West licensing group and TTCF are both huge supporters of Fair Food.


West City Auto

Big ups to John Blewett and the team for sponsoring and looking after our crucial fleet of vehicles. With three trucks, a van and a Suzuki Swift, our fleet of waka are always in tip top shape and ready for action – thanks John!

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