Our People

Meet our team of food rescue superheroes and we’ll also introduce you to our honorary superheroes – our sponsors and partners who support what we do, every day.

Our People

Every day our drivers are on the road rescuing quality surplus food from our amazing organisations and are literally the faces of Fair Food out and about in our community.

Christina Mamaku
The radiant Christina is one our outstanding drivers and food rescue heroes. A love filled, passionate and hard-working wahine that embodies Fair Food’s values.

Russell Miah
Russ works hard to save every bit of food he can! A valuable part of our rescue team, Russ is committed and super-friendly- he even bikes to work!

Rob Tai
Rob comes from a corporate background but has recently stopped to smell the roses and spend time with his grandchildren. When Rob’s not on the road, you’ll hear his amazing voice around the Hub when he’s belting out a few karaoke tunes.

Sonny Wade
Fair Food’s newest food rescue driver, Sonny! He is a cheerful and vibrant addition to our team and has worked in the West Auckland community for a while so knows the difference food makes to our local whanau.

Behind the Scenes

It takes all sorts of smarts and talents to keep our food rescue business on the go to make sure we’re recovering as much food as possible and nourishing our communities.

Deborah McLaughlin
Part-time CFO

Meet Deb, our part-time CFO and food sorter extraordinaire who brings a wealth of knowledge from the food industry to our wee biz. 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 (aka Head Queen!) Born and bred in West Auckland, Tracey is a respected community leader with a background in sports, tertiary and mental health sectors. A revered coach, admin ace and people person, Tracey keeps us ship shape while we feed people, not landfill.

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.

Sam Wright
Warehouse and Logistics Manager

As our jack of all warehouse trades, Sam has the awesome job of meeting and greeting our charity groups that arrive each day in dedicated slots to collect their food allocation, meticulously weighs all that has been rescued and records it into our snazzy, smart data portal so we can run reports and show impact. He has design flair (our named bread bins are his idea!) and can hold a darn good tune.

Maia Gallagher
Operations Administrative Assistant 

Fresh out of university, Maia found her passion for social justice and reducing food waste. She assists everyone in the Hub- you’ll see her helping out on social media, cooking in the kitchen, answering emails, organising volunteers and rearranging the furniture!

Corinne Tribe
Accounts and Payroll

Living life in the beautiful North West of Auckland, Corinne is our part-time accounts and payroll superhero!

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
Chair

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.

Alastair Campbell
Trustee

With over 20 years experience in FMCG supply chain including manufacturing, operations and project management, Alastair has been a vital member of the Fair Food Board for over seven years.

Bennie Hendricks
Trustee

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
Trustee

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

Heather Tribe
Trustee

Originally one of our superhero food rescue drivers, Heather knows first hand the impact Fair Food has on the ground and brings a wealth of knowledge on food insecurity as a doctoral researcher at the University of Otago.

Our Generous Supporters

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

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!

Fletcher Living
Our honorary food rescue superheroes at Fletcher Living were the ones who made our first house a home with the full fit-out of our new Hub in Avondale, Auckland. An amazing bunch of talented tradies who donated a lot of blood and sweat for our new HQ.

Countdown
Our biggest food donor and a huge support to grow capacity, the team at Countdown are huge supporters of us and the food rescue sector.

The Trusts
Supporting our people and helping us keep the lights on, The Trusts give us phenomenal support for all our critical resources.

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).

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!

Fletcher Living
Our honorary food rescue superheroes at Fletcher Living were the ones who made our first house a home with the full fit-out of our new Hub in Avondale, Auckland. An amazing bunch of talented tradies who donated a lot of blood and sweat for our new HQ.

Countdown
Our biggest food donor and a huge support to grow capacity, the team at Countdown are huge supporters of us and the food rescue sector.

The Trusts
Supporting our people and helping us keep the lights on, The Trusts give us phenomenal support for all our critical resources.

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).

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