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Today's Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm
Last entry at 4.30pm

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Marine Parade, Napier
Ph: 06 834 1404
Opening Hours
Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm,
last entry 4:30pm

Meet the Aquarium Team

Rob Yarrall

Position: Manager
Phone: + 64 6 833 5426
Email: rob@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Rob’s key responsibility is to ensure the thousands of live exhibits at the National Aquarium of New Zealand live in comfort and good health.

Rob loves all things aquatic with his favourites being tropical marine fish from the coral environments around Fiji and Great Barrier Island, because of their vibrant colourings and personalities.Rob also admits to having a soft spot for the hand-fed, Giant Gourami, a fish that lives in Asian rice paddy fields and breathes air from the surface.

Vets, aquariums and marine experts from around the world call for Rob's knowledge and advice. And it's not just all things aquatic Rob knows about. He also has a thorough understanding of the reptilian world. So, if your pet turtles are off their food, call or email Rob, he might just have the solution!

Chris Pocock

Position: Customer Services Coordinator
Phone: +64 6 833 5427
Email: chris@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Chris's role at the National Aquarium is to ensure every visitor has a fantastic experience and they leave with smiles on their faces. With an extensive background in retail and sales, Chris's main areas of responsibility are the supervision and efficient operation of the administration, admissions, retail, café and functions areas of the Aquarium.

Kerry Hewitt

Position: Lead Technical Advice/Curator
Phone: +64 6 833 5425
Email: kerry@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Kerry looks after all the exhibits at the National Aquarium. One of his primary roles is working with the aquarists (the people who keep and maintain the aquarium) and divers to ensure that the animal exhibits are kept healthy and happy. Kerry is the guy to call if you have any enquires about aquatic or reptilian animal health.

Carol Larson

Position: Education Coordinator
Phone: +64 6 833 5424
Email: carol@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Carol and her team offer interactive, hands-on and inquiry-based programmes that are linked to the New Zealand Curriculum. Carol is the person to contact regarding education, Kids Sleepovers and Volunteer Opportunities.

Jacque Wilton

Position: Educator
Phone: +64 6 834 5428
Email: jacquew@nationalaquarium.co.nz

As part of the Education Team, Jacque works with some of the 6,000 students who visit every year. With her background in marine mammals and birds, Jacque delivers the diverse range of knowledge the Education Team is well known for. Jacque is also the facilitator for the Napier City Council's Waste Aware programme, which encourages students to take up the challenge of protecting this planet that we call home.

Karlie Lett

Position: Educator
Phone: +64 6 833 5428
Email: karlie@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Karlie is a member of the National Aquarium's Education Team and enjoys sharing her marine biology knowledge with classes and holiday programme groups. Karlie looks after communications from the education department, such as the education eNews and also newsletters about our upcoming events.

Brenda Gunn

Position: Hospitality Team Member
Phone: +64 6 834 1404 Extn 701
Mobile: +64 027 210 2577
Email: functions@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Brenda keeps the general public and Friends of the Aquarium members up-to-date with what's happening, in particular on the aquarium's social media pages. Brenda is also the person to see if you're looking to book the aquarium as a venue for your next function, business meeting, childrens birthday party or Devonshire Tea.

Chrissy Heta

Position: Retail Team Member
Phone: +64 6 833 5421
Email: giftshop@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Chrissy is more than happy to assist you in finding that perfect memento, or something different for that special person who has everything!

Robert Marr

Position: Cafe Team Member
Phone: +64 6 833 5429
Email: cafe@nationalaquarium.co.nz

Robert is our head chef for the Fish Bowl Café, preparing mouth watering food and cooking up tasty treats. Robert comes with excellent experience from previous roles at the Mission Estate Winery as well as many cafes and restaurants around New Zealand. Make sure to check out his all day menu featuring local and fresh produce.

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