It is our people which makes the Trust so special. Our crew not only look after the young people on their voyages, giving them an experience of a lifetime, but also during summer, share their enthusiasm and passion for the work we do with our tourism guests. Behind the scenes there are our Trustees and a small group of people (who are mostly part time) that keep the organisation ticking over. Most of them are multi-skilled, picking up what needs to be done as and when required. All of us are united in our respect for the ship and how she has the ability to change lives.
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
Senior Master and Bosun
Tim (aka Sticke) is Bay of Islands born and bred having lived most of his life in Russell Kororareka. Educated at Bay College his career has involved being a Department of Conservation ranger, pest trapper, driving the White Ferry Waimarie, and many other varied activities. He is a keen surfer and often found at beach when the waves are up. He has been with the Trust for five years and has taken on the role of Bosun, looking after the ship’s maintenance needs.
Peter Deverell was born in Auckland and grew up on a Mid-Northland farm; where he was entirely home educated along with his three siblings. With a love of the ocean Peter was taught to sail from his earliest years and enjoyed Optimist and P-Class and Starling dinghy sailing, and sailing on his parents’ boats and his grandfather’s yacht. Passionate about wildlife and conservation Peter has a wonderful knowledge of New Zealand birds and other fauna. He has worked as a horseman for seven years and has his own Equine Hoof Trimming business. He spent three years in Germany working as a joiner; becoming fluent in the German language; dinghy sailing at every opportunity. On his first sailing yacht Peter sailed extensively around Northland and the Bay of Islands coast, honing his sailing skills. In 2015 Peter bought Waka Irie, a Mariner 32ft classic sailing ketch and has spent the past three years rebuilding and refurbishing her and has become a skilled joiner/boat builder. In 2018 Peter crewed for his cousin on Sea Wolf, a 42ft Beneteau sailboat, sailing around Australia, from Sydney to Perth via Darwin; a 5,000 mile voyage.
As a child, Chynna was very adventurous- always caught up in her imagination, she spent many days at the beach. She was very in tune with the ocean and grew up doing surf lifesaving club, adventure racing, and many other sports. She even had Moko the dolphin as a swimming companion for many years. He was a huge influence on her career path. In 2014, Chynna took an 8-week trip to Australia, volunteering at the dolphin centre in Bunbury Perth. In 2016 she completed a Marine and Eco-tourism course through Northtec, Kerikeri – this course taught her a lot including how to sail.
In February 2017, she became one of the core crew aboard the R Tucker Thompson. With the knowledge she has accumulated and her training on the R Tucker Thompson, she and her fiancé have recently purchased a 33 foot yacht in the hopes of one day sailing it offshore.
Brooke was born and raised in Russell, Bay of islands spending most of her time in the sea or on the back of a horse. After leaving high school she completed a Marine Adventure and Eco – Tourism course which sparked her love for sailing and boats. She’s a keen scuba diver, environmentalist and horse rider. Recently joining the team this summer working as a part time deckhand, hoping to gain experience and sea hours to further her boating/sailing career.
Zeran is a keen young sailor whose background in sailing started through his experiences of Waka Hourua (a traditional Polynesian sailing catamaran). Zeran has also been aboard the “Tucker” for two youth voyages and is currently undertaking the role of cadet where he will complete his training to become a Qualified Deck Hand.
Zeran is a driven young Māori tane who is passionate about learning tikanga and kaupapa Māori as well as embracing the ways of his tupuna.”
Sales & Operations Manager
Ethan has been involved with the Trust since 2015. At the age of 15, he became a trainee on one of the youth development voyages. He discovered a passion for the ocean and sailing. Shortly after his voyage, he applied to volunteer aboard during the summer tourist season. He was a volunteer crew from 2015 to 2017. Ethan was then offered a cadetship and on-going training for 1 year to work towards his skipper’s ticket. This was fully funded by the Trust. In October 2018, he attended his final examinations and gained his SRL Skipper’s ticket. He is now working as a skipper for another company but remains as relief crew with the Tucker after spending a year as a member of the core Tucker crew.