He kai kei aku ringa   ||   I can earn my food with my own hands.




– Haere Mai –

Waikawa Fishing Company is a sustainable Maori seafood company based in Picton, Gateway to New Zealand’s beautiful Marlborough Sounds. In 1981 Geoff and Steve Connor bought a small boat and went fishing. They had a vision, and salt in their veins. With the support of their wives Christine and Elizabeth and whanau, Waikawa Fishing Company has gone from strength to strength. Today they operate a fleet of fishing vessels, with 30+ staff both on the vessels and onshore.

Waikawa Fishing Company is proudly committed to quality products, innovation and sustainability. 

Our Heritage

– Taonga tuku iho –

Click the video to watch the excerpt from the Maori TV show “Gate to the Globe”. It’s a unique look into our heritage and future of fishing in New Zealand.

We also have a more in depth overview of our history and the culture we pass on in Waikawa Fishing. Click the button below to read more about our history or watch Ep 9 of Project Whenua.

– A story of family & culture –

Our Vessels

– He waka eke noa –

Te Kahurangi

Port: Picton
Desciption: 19.2 metre timber hull long liner
Origin: Picton New Zealand

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Santa Rosa

Port: Picton
Desciption: 23.78 metre steel hull trawler
Origin: Australia

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Pacific Challenger

Port: Picton
Desciption: 29-metre steel hull trawler
Origin: Japan

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Port: Picton
Desciption: 29-metre aluminium hull long lining vessel
Origin: Australia (Re-design Picton NZ)

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Port: Picton
Desciption: 29 metre steel hull potting vessel
Origin: Japan

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Sea Hawke II

Port: Picton
Desciption: 25-meter steel hull trawler
Origin: Australia

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Our Catch

– kaimoana –


Our vessels pot for Crayfish around the coastline of Te Wai Pounamu (South Island) and off the Taranaki coastline, for local and offshore consumption. Crayfish have a vibrate orange rich red shell and a beautiful firm delicate tasting white flesh.


We harvest and pack a range of fin fish in our Connors Catch brand and also supply companies with fresh chilled fin fish product.


Little known in New Zealand, sweet-tasting scampi are a delicacy in markets including China. Harvested from the deep waters off the New Zealand coast, scampi is exported under the award-winning Connors Catch label.

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Commercial Outlet

Wanting to enquire on purchasing your own fishing vessel, needing some gear or wanting to get some proffesional engineering work done? Check out our oulet categories below.

Fishing Vessels


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Rangitane House,
2 Main St Blenheim,
Marlborough 7201
New Zealand


+64 3 578 5224