Samantha (Sam) Collings knew from a young age that she wanted a career related to the sea. A self- confessed “water baby” she grew up around the sea and fishing with her whānau. She is Ngāpuhi and grew up in Auckland.
Global Fisheries Scholar 2016, Alyx Pivac, is an educated and passionate Māori woman developing a strong foundation in the seafood industry. She demonstrates a commitment to fishing and fisheries and views a career in the industry as one that allows her to express herself and her Māori culture, while making a positive contribution to the environment and society.
Charles Rowe, the 2015 Global Fisheries Scholar, grew up on a Kiwifruit orchard at Hikuai, near Thames. It was at home where he first became interested in food safety and product development, as well as Asian culture, as the fruit was mostly exported to Japan.