Update to Iwi from Moana New Zealand

9 April 2020

In such unprecedented challenging times, there is no “playbook” or “go-to” manual that we have in our back pockets to pull out, so for all of us this current journey we are on is very much one of experiencing and learning as we go.

Fortunately, at Moana we have a very experienced and highly capable group of leaders in both our Executive and senior management teams who are tirelessly working on strategies to navigate the business through these unchartered waters.  Our most valuable asset and strongest defence are our staff who are our ambassadors, leaders and contributors at all levels of Moana New Zealand.  They are settling well into their new ways of working, be it working from home or on-site.

We have the incredible privilege of being classified as an essential service which requires us to continue to provide quality kaimoana and kai ora to help feed the nation.  All of our staff have signed declarations which show they understand the additional measures we’ve put in place to keep them and their whanau safe.

The Ministry for Primary Industries conducted an audit of Moana New Zealand late last week under COVID-19 protocols to review all the mitigating measures, protocols and processes that we have initiated to create a safe environment.

MPI has given us their official approval to continue to operate both the supply chain and operational sites and facilities which enables continued employment.

This approval from MPI is significant as it acknowledges that we have a safe working environment in line with the COVID-19 protocols and procedures and provides the whānau of our kaimahi a level of confidence and assurance that there are no Health and Safety barriers.  It is a real credit to all who worked extremely hard to achieve COVID-19 safety approval.

We are doing all that we can to support our shareholders however are somewhat restricted with capacity due to the new protocols.  We remain committed to providing real value to all shareholders beyond a dividend, particularly in this time of need.

Kia manawanui,

Steve Tarrant

Chief Executive

Moana New Zealand