Sanford people are a diverse bunch. Some were born here and grew up by the sea, others have travelled thousands of miles across the ocean to live here. But all are united by their passion for our beautiful New Zealand seafood. Meet some of them...

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Lesila Sau

Knife Filleter, Auckland

Lesila has worked at Sanford Auckland since 2004 and looks after the whole pack line as a senior operator.

Lesila previously worked at Simunovich and has a total of over 22 years seafood experience. This experience, her critical eye and high standards ensures that only the best quality fish is sent to our overseas customers.


Nogi Feleti

Team Leader Factory Processor, Auckland

Nogi has worked for Sanford since 1991 and is in charge of the whole fish and packing area of the Auckland factory.

Nogi is responsible for ensuring chilled export orders are completed correctly and in time for the tight cut-off deadlines required by the airlines. This requires good time management and the ability to get the team working together to achieve excellent results.


Terri Teokotai

Factory Processor, Auckland

Terri transferred here when Simunovich was purchased by Sanford in 2004.

Terri is a leading hand in the packing area and is a key part of the team that gets the fish packed and ready for the daily export and supermarket orders. Her years of experience are invaluable in ensuring that product is packed and labelled correctly. She’s a great leader of the processing team.


Sala Fesolai

Quality Controller, Timaru

Sala was born in Samoa into a large family of nine siblings. She finished school in year 12 to look after her grandmother and moved to Christchurch in 2001. During her working career at Sanford, Sala has completed several supervisory courses and recently started a First Line Management course with two other supervisors from the Timaru site.

During 2009 and 2010 she served a mission with her church in San Diego and after returning, met her future husband Keegan. In their free time Sala and Keegan enjoy tango dancing. Sala also makes a mean cupcake – which her workmates are often fortunate enough to share!


Jeff Dawson

Salmon Harvest Team Supervisor, Stewart Island

As a fifth generation Stewart Islander, Jeff has a passion for the marine environment and the great outdoors. In 2003 Jeff started working on our mussel farm. He gained his skipper's ticket and moved to the salmon farm harvest team in 2008, progressing to take on the role of supervisor in 2014.


Dave Ayers (Bugs)

Salmon Harvest Team, Stewart Island

Bugs started work on mussels in 2003, before moving to the salmon harvest in 2004. He took on a new role as a shift worker in 2006, then in 2009 moved back to the harvest. Bugs likes the outdoors and once had a job working in wild animal recovery as a skid-biter.


Bevan Ferguson

Salmon Farm Shift Supervisor, Stewart Island

Bevan started working as a diver in 2006, then moved into shift work in 2008, progressing to become supervisor in 2009. He has been involved in the smooth running of day-to-day operations and contributes to all aspects of fish farming on Stewart Island. Bevan has a keen interest in yoga, diving, fishing and mountain biking.


Darryl Moore

Electrician, Havelock

Darryl started at Sanford in 2006 as an apprentice electrician and has been with us ever since. He loves coming up with new ideas that reduce breakdowns and finds it exciting to work in an industry with so much potential. When he’s not working, Darryl’s great passions are golfing and travelling.


Ravi Kumar

Team Leader, Mussel Pack Room, Havelock

Ravi has been with Sanford since 2003 and is part of the night shift operations team in the pack room. He takes pride in making sure our frozen products are up to our quality standards and looking for ways to make things run smoother and smarter! Outside of work, Ravi is a fitness freak.


Adele Riddle

Assistant Supervisor, Pack Room, Havelock

Adele’s been working with us since 2007 and helps with packing, grading, running the machines and carrying out quality checks – all with a smile. Adele enjoys continually learning and upskilling. Outside of work, she gets creative with junk – painting it and creating new treasures.


Harris Arthur

Sanitation Manager, Havelock

Harris has been with us since 2011 and has experience in the fishing and aquaculture industry. He started with Sanford as a packer and has worked his way up to a supervisor role, which he loves. The other aspect Harris enjoys about seafood is eating it! Outside work, Harris is captain of the Waitohi Rangers rugby club.