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Bespoke solutions for vessels and crew management

a canoe that is interlaced will not become separated at the bow. in unity there is strength

Manaaki Marine was established to provide integrated maritime service solutions to clients throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand and the wider Pacific.

Whether you are an owner, operator or investor in the rapidly evolving marine industry, our team’s innovative and unique approach provides tailored solutions to meet your specific vessel management or crewing needs. Our clients benefit from our depth of knowledge and strong partnerships built from years of industry experience. 

We aim to be your preferred business partner offering bespoke solutions to your business, fleet or vessel both at sea and ashore. Our services offer flexibility when and where you need.

The demand for high quality professional marine teams on the water and ashore will increase as vessel design and equipment becomes more sophisticated. Maritime companies wishing to maintain a competitive advantage over their competitors invest heavily in tools to attract, train and retain top talent within their organisations. Such an investment results in happier and healthier engaged team, a safer working environment and less incidents onboard. Manaaki Marine can work with you to recruit, train and retain such top performing staff.

Interested to know more about us?

Fleet & Vessel Solutions
Maritime Recruitment


To support, take care of, give hospitality to, protect, look out for – show respect, generosity and care of others.

Our foundations are to protect, empower, enable and transform businesses and individuals in the maritime industry. The following principals forming the cornerstones of the business:

  • People, Culture and Relationships
  • Health, Safety and Security at the heart of what we do
  • Integrity, Ethical business practices 
  • Sustainability insuring for future generations

Benefits of partnering with Manaaki Marine

  • Solutions focused, winning team
  • Close working relationships with regulatory authorities
  • Proven experience in operating multiple types of vessels
  • Improved communication and reporting systems
  • Innovative recruitment solutions
  • Flexible crewing options

The Manaaki Marine Team

Key Crew

Founding Director – Barry Nielson

From joining the Sea Cadets as a teenager and learning basic seamanship to choosing a career in the Royal New Zealand Navy and merchant service, my career has provided me with a wealth of knowledge and an opportunity to learn from the best. I have also had the pleasure of owning my own hospitality business and working on innovative commercial constructions projects.

More recently, Barry has managed maritime operations across multiple regions for a large corporate organisation specialising in tourism and transport.

 This work included seasonal recruitment campaigns, product development, vessel compliance, project management of new vessel builds and major refits as well as event management. 

Barry takes immense pleasure in working alongside others to mentor, guide and help them succeed in achieving their individual goals and pursuits.

The Manaaki Marine team

Our proven expertise comes from years of experience operating a wide range of vessels from commercial passenger and vehicle ferries, scenic tourism vessels to charter boats across Aotearoa, New Zealand and the Pacific.

We are all passionate about providing better business outcomes with a focus on sustainability now and into the future.

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Get In Touch

Whether you are a commercial fleet operator, single vessel owner, maritime professional or someone wanting to start a career within the maritime industry, please feel free to contact us.

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