Governance and Fisheries Management
Dirk Sieling has been a keen angler since his childhood in Holland, where he spent many hours as a kid catching eel and flounder. He continued this passion in New Zealand where he moved in 1974. He learned to dive in Whitianga and spent most of his spare time fishing, diving and hunting. In recent years he represented recreational fishers in the SEACHANGE Stakeholder Working Group that amongst many other things recommended sweeping changes in the management of the greater Hauraki Gulf fisheries, the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.
Dirk and his wife Kathy spent almost a decade in Gizo in the Solomon Islands where they initially arrived on a yacht and set up a successful recreational fishing and diving business. Dirk was a regular contributor to NZ Fishing News and is also the author of the Solomon Islands Cruising Guide. Dirk and Kathy successfully ran the Brisbane to Gizo Yacht Race in conjunction with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. Currently they are farming in Whitianga and Dirk has been an elected representative on the Fonterra Shareholders Council where he was tasked with co-chairing a representation and governance review. He has also served as a Councillor on the Thames Coromandel District Council. Dirk and Kathy are members of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club and continue to share their passion for fishing. Dirk feels strongly about a more rational approach to fisheries management in New Zealand.