MacLab partners with iwi and industry pioneers

MacLab has developed new valuable partnerships with iwi and key industry players to support its ambitious growth plans as a nutraceutical business.

The latest partnerships are with Maara Moana, the Pooley family, and Marine Farm Management.

MacLab financial controller Gary Rountree says the company has embraced partnership models since embarking on a new strategy for supply which commenced in 2017. The first arrangement was with Jim Goulding and his family. Jim was one of the early mussel farmers in the industry and has served on various boards including the Marine Farming Association (MFA). The second arrangement was the establishment of Maclab Tasman – a joint venture between Maclab and Tasman Bay Aquaculture Limited (Stoney and Rondy Bourke). Maclab Tasman has successfully mastered the art of farming mussels in the challenging environment of Tasman Bay and is now spearheading Maclab’s growth in Golden Bay.

“We are now building on our strategy with iwi and other partners to secure an increasing supply of quality greenshell mussels. We want to work with the best people to maintain our operational excellence in aquaculture farming in order to supply mussel powder to the expanding nutraceutical sector.”

Among its newer partnerships, MacLab has entered into an agreement to develop 100 hectares of greenshell mussel farms on water space consents in Golden Bay owned by iwi consortium Maara Moana. Its shareholders are each of the Te Tauihu iwi – Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Toa, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Te Ātiawa, and Ngāti Rarua.
As consent conditions are satisfied, MacLab will progressively develop and operate the farms on behalf of Maara Moana.

MacLab is now extending its partnership arrangements to include another pioneering family. Rob Pooley has a long and distinguished career including having long served on the Marine Farming Association (MFA) executive including 16 years as President.

Rob’s son Simon also brings an impressive record as a skilled mussel farmer and manager, as documented last year on Country Calendar; he carries on the family legacy.

“This partnership sees MacLab securing a substantial parcel of greenshell mussel farms in the Marlborough Sounds and Golden Bay from the Pooley-owned company Just Mussels Ltd. Simon Pooley will also provide marine farming services to MacLab in the Marlborough Sounds. “

Marine Farm Management Ltd (MFML) provides services primarily to the marine farming operations in Golden Bay. MFML’s owner, Jonathan Large, has 20 years experience in the mussel industry and took over from Rob Pooley as MFA President in 2016.

Yard Hand / Driver

Location: Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Job Type: Full Time
Duration: Permanent
Division: Yard

MacLab leads the way in the nutraceutical market.

We use sustainable practices to farm mussels in the top of the South for processing at our modern factory into high value oil products that are exported globally.

The government has ambitious plans for aquaculture to be a $3b industry by 2035, and we are proud to have committed substantial investment as part of this growth. As we ramp up our operations, we are seeking ambitious people to work on our state of art vessel “Vanguard” which operates from Port Nelson primarily in Tasman and Golden Bay.

We’re Looking for People Who Are:

- Holders of Class 4 truck and forklift license;
- Keen to learn new skills and have a good level of physical fitness;
- Reliable with good work ethics;
- Team players with a positive attitude;
- NZ resident or have a valid NZ work visa;
- We operate 24/7 with 3 shifts per day and offer flexibility around days and hours worked;
- Both permanent / fixed term and fulltime /part time positions are available.

Why Work for Us?

- Attractive remuneration;
- Great working conditions with a focus on health and safety;
- Excellent on-going training provided;
- Variety of work within a friendly team;
- Excellent career opportunity.

If you are keen to be a valued team member of a successful company, please submit your application online or email to jobs@maclab.co.nz with Yard Hand as a reference.

Factory Work

Location: Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Job Type: Full Time
Duration: Permanent | Part Time |Fixed Term
Division: Factory

MacLab leads the way in the nutraceutical market.

We use sustainable practices to farm mussels in the top of the South for processing at our modern factory into high value oil products that are exported globally.

The government has ambitious plans for aquaculture to be a $3b industry by 2035, and we are proud to have committed substantial investment as part of this growth. As we ramp up our operations, we are seeking ambitious people to work on our state of art vessel “Vanguard” which operates from Port Nelson primarily in Tasman and Golden Bay.

We’re Looking for People Who Are:

- Keen to learn new skills and have a good level of physical fitness;
- Reliable with good work ethics;
- Team players with a positive attitude;
- NZ resident or have a valid NZ work visa;
- We operate 24/7 with 3 shifts per day and offer flexibility around days and hours worked;
- Both permanent / fixed term and fulltime /part time positions are available.

Why Work for Us?

- Attractive remuneration;
- Great working conditions with a focus on health and safety;
- Excellent on-going training provided;
- Variety of work within a friendly team;
- Excellent career opportunity.

If you are keen to be a valued team member of a successful company, please submit your application online or email to jobs@maclab.co.nz with Factory as a reference.