Rachel Taulelei




If you were to put together a list of people who represented forces to be reckoned with in New Zealand’s food industry, Rachel Taulelei would be right at the top.  There is no-one more committed to developing sustainability across our seafood industry in particular, than she.  As founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road Ltd, Taulelei spearheaded an innovative, provenance-based supply of responsibly caught, fresh seafood to hundreds of establishments across New Zealand.  She is now CEO of Maori food and beverage company Kono NZ, a company with interests in seafood, horticulture, honey, cider and wine – and they’re on track to be one of the best indigenous food and beverages businesses in the world.  Rachel’s directorships also include Moana NZ, lamb company Headwaters New Zealand Ltd, craft beer company Yeastie Boys Ltd, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, The Sir Peter Blake Trust, Westpac External Sustainable Business Panel, and the Young Enterprise Trust. Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner In Los Angeles, in 2012 received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership award and in 2016 was honoured by becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: For services to the food and hospitality industry.

We are thrilled she’s joining us at Pinot 2017 to share her stories of kaitiakitanga.