Seafood chief to step down in April

20:33, Dec 10 2013

Ngai Tahu Seafood chief executive Brian Moriarty has announced that he is going to retire next April after four years in the job.

Mr Moriarty, 61, held several executive roles with Sealord Group in Nelson over 13 years and then worked as a consultant to the mussel industry before joining Christchurch-based Ngai Tahu.

His Sealord positions included coated products manager, processing operations manager for factories in Nelson, Dunedin and China, and general manager of Sealord Shellfish. After more than 20 years in the seafood industry he said his time with Ngai Tahu had been a highlight.

"I've really enjoyed my time here. It's just been brilliant."

It had been a privilege to work with the iwi and the company was in great shape, he said.

Ngai Tahu Seafood board chairman Brian Rhoades said Mr Moriarty had been outstanding, with the company delivering record results year on year under his leadership.

Ngai Tahu Seafood is an operating subsidiary of Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation with its own separate board. Its website says that through the ownership and management of fishing quota, it supports about 50 Ngai Tahu owned and operated fishing businesses. An appointment process for a new chief executive will begin soon.

Mr Moriarty said he intended to remain in Christchurch in retirement.