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Our team

Take a moment to learn more about the awesome people determined to keep surplus kai moving.

Peter Nicholas, Steve Gray, and Robert Hill distribute food to people and organisations in need across Northland. Photo / Tania Whyte

Pete Nicholas

 Manager  (left)

Pete is of Maʻukean – Ngāti Teʻakatauira – and Pākehā descent. He grew up in Taranaki, lived in Wellington for a decade working in hospitality, before moving to Whangārei in 2014. 

He holds strong social and environmental justice values, and leapt at the chance to be involved with Food Rescue Northland in 2017.

From weighing avocados in the back of a van in a carpark, solo, to running the sophisticated, streamlined operation that exists now, this has been an incredible journey for him and his amazing team. He also sits on the board of the Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance. 

He considers himself fortunate to hold this values-driven position, but desires a future where food insecurity is non-existent, and the seriousness of climate change is avoided.

Steve Gray

Food Rescue Assistant (middle)

Steve is Whangārei born and bred and has been working with Whakaora Kai/Food Rescue since 2022.

Steve is keen to minimise food waste with fast and efficient turn around for those in need and loves seeing food going to places where it is needed and utilised.

Robert Hill

Food Rescue Assistant (right)

Ngati Kahi – Ngapuhi – Ngāti Maniapoto.

Rob and his wife Devi are well known for the amazing things they do in the Otangarei community and have been part of Te Puawaitanga Marae Trust, involved in running the youth group, have been on the school board of trustees and run playgroups for Plunket and are very proud of their five tamariki and three mokopuna.

Rob has been with Whakaora Kai/Food Rescue right from the start, in 2017 and loves connecting with people and helping make good things happen in communities in Tai Tokerau.   

His philosophy is ‘sharing is caring’ and he loves working in the food rescue space.