It’s fair to say that Conrad has salt water running through his veins! Growing up on the Hauraki Gulf, he’s been involved in sailing all his life and even won a world championship in 2000.

However, far from just a pure sailor, Conrad has also owned several launches, even lovingly re-building a Salthouse Corsair with his own hands. 

A consummate sales professional, Conrad had a stellar career in real estate before following his passion back to the sea where he helped establish and build New Zealand Multihull Solutions most successful brokerage. 

In 2014, Conrad saw an opportunity for change in New Zealand’s high-end brokerage and established 36° Brokers. With an extensive monohull database, connections around the globe and a reputation for integrity and service delivery, Conrad aims to make 36° Auckland and New Zealand’s premier brokerage.


Formerly one of the top Business Intelligence Specialists in New Zealand banking, Sarah brings unique skills to 36° Brokers, as well as her passion for boating and sailing. Armed with a degree in Accounting and Information Management, her qualifications and experience are separating 36° from its competition and bringing brokering into the digital age.

Having joined 36° after having her first child, Sarah is excited about developing systems and databases that set a new benchmark for the industry, But at the end of the day, Sarah is ensuring the customer experience at 36° Brokers is unmatched anywhere.

Blair McNaughton has logged 70,000 nautical sea miles throughout a career spanning 13 years – seven working on Super Yachts around the World, and the past six years working in Auckland's marine industry. His first-hand experience of the rigours a boat endures in the marine environment has built a wealth of knowledge on how to maintain and protect his clients' investment so they can enjoy peace-of-mind cruising.

He brings to 36° Brokers his knowledge of the ins and outs of maintenance, on-board systems, and a reliable network of suppliers and contractors. In addition, Blair's client relationships, many of which are long standing, are founded on integrity and good communication.

Choosing to work within the Marine Industry is a natural progression for Russell Hopper as he has grown up boating with his family on various vessels. Completing his business degree with a Marketing Major also means he brings a well-rounded skill set to the team. 

Having grown up in New Zealand, he has sailed extensively around the Hauraki Gulf and surrounding islands. His earliest experiences of sailing started at age 8 at Murrays Bay sailing club with an Optimist. He progressed through all the youth yachting and in the recent years was one of the top competitors in the Young 88 class. His social sailing includes blue water crossings and skippering up to 60ft sailing catamarans across to and throughout the Pacific and the Pacific Islands.

In his free time you can almost guarantee that Russell will be either sailing or out on the water surfing. Exploring the stunning waters of the North Island or a bit further in Fiji and surrounding islands – if the surfs up, Russell will be there!


Shaun brings a sound knowledge of the high-end vessel industry which comes from a decade of working abroad and logging thousands of offshore miles across the globe. 

An innate love of the sea was sparked in his youth where he competed in top-level dinghy events throughout New Zealand, and followed on to see him work on super yachts for high-profile clients overseas. This, coupled with a background in marketing means he has a firm handle on the industry and is able to spot key features which make your boat unique.  

Fun fact: Shaun’s name also resides in the Guiness Book of World Records – a proud achievement from his youth in beating a fuel economy world record with one other top-sailor in a carbon fibre skiff in the Orakei Basin.

If you’re keen to chat boats, world records, and find or list your dream vessel Shaun’s your man. 

Robbs Hielkema

M.+64 21 858 897

Rob, or ‘Robbs’ as he’s commonly known, is the Northland broker for 36 Degrees, located at the Opua-based office in the Bay of Islands.

Bringing a friendly and personable approach to brokering in the North, Robbs enjoys talking boats almost as much as he does being on the water. His background in professional yachting and vast experience of cruising, racing, and delivering countless yachts across the globe means he has a keen knack for finding suitable vessels to match buyers needs. 

When he’s not selling, listing, or talking boats, Robbs is either out on the water coaching young sailors, kitesurfing, or exploring the Bay Of Islands.   

If you’re in and around Opua, pop in and say hi at the office next to the General Store on the wharf.

Our latest member Jason comes with a wealth of experience in the Marine Industry. A background in both Boat Building and later in Sales, Jason is an instant natural in Yacht Brokerage. With an absolute passion for boating and unmatched knowledge of all things marine, Jason is a privilege to have on the team.

Following his Father’s footsteps into the craftsmanship of boatbuilding, Jason is highly qualified with a near decade experience in the field. Jason later made a name for himself selling composite materials to industry leading boat and Superyacht builders and brings a bright approach to sales.

Jason lives and breathes all things on-water; fishing, diving, sailing. He is well versed in the game fishing community, is a keen rock fisherman, and spends his spare time constructing fishing lures. An avid sports fan and hunting enthusiast, Jason enjoys the best of Kiwi outdoor living with his fiancé and 2 year old daughter.

Eric Pinel-Peschardiere

M.+689 87 70 77 16

Éric’s boating resume is impressive to say the least and his knowledge of the French Polynesia cruising region second to none. After training as a professional photographer in Paris, Éric soon found himself head over heels for Tahiti where he settled in 2000, starting a business in Photography and Web Development.

Éric’s love for boating sharpened as he spent many years sailing 18’ hobie cats, and providing private guided tours and sailing lessons. He soon purchased a 46’ catamaran, extensively cruising the Caribbean and Transpacific, all with his partner and two young daughters onboard. Fun fact; First French TV channel (TF1) have reported on his family’s lifestyle, you can check it out here.

8 years and 10,000 nautical miles later, Éric now lives in Papeete. As vice president of the Association des Voiliers en Polynésie, (Sailing Boats Association Polynesia) Éric has a wealth of boating networks, of which brings tremendous value to his role in Brokerage.  A big advocate for sustainable boating, and a deep seeded love for the water, Éric is a stellar addition to the team.

Our man on the ground in Tahiti is an avid sailor, ocean advocate, and highly experienced boat captain. Mathieu Voluer has held numerous positions aboard superyachts and charter vessels over the past decade as he has developed a network of contacts across the globe.

 With multiple marine qualifications and thousands of offshore miles under his belt, he  is well-equipped to maintain and care for any kind of vessel while at sea or anchor, and is capable of managing even the most intricate of onboard systems. This knowledge enables him to swiftly pick up on selling points aboard any vessel and have an accurate idea of what buyers are after.

 Mathieu is also passionate about raising climate change awareness, and his background in environmental science has seen him go on to found non-profit organisation ‘Ocean Mana Expedition’. 

Our representative from New Caledonia Jeremy is a local born and raised, fluent in both English and French. No stranger to the marine world, Jeremy brings the best of his sailing knowledge and the Pacific region to the team. Jeremy aims to provide our clients with expert boating knowledge and dynamic support with a uniquely French-Pacific flavour.

Jeremys impressive sailing resume includes match racing world championships, Sydney to Hobart and competitive dinghy, keeler and cat racing. Growing up on a small island, Jeremy was never too far from the water. If it’s a windy day he’ll be out sailing. If it’s a sunny day he’ll be out spearfishing.

Having recently graduated from an International Business Degree, Jeremy brings a sharp business perspective to his client dealings and professionalism at every level. Jeremy seeks to raise the bar in providing exceptional representation throughout the sale or purchase of a vessel while utilising his wealth of networks in the New Caledonia region.

If you’ve spent time participating in any local sailing regattas, there’s a high chance you’ve come across our trainee yacht broker Harry. Harry is man of the sea and a passionate sailor with an incredible depth of boating knowledge across power boats, catamarans, and yachts. 

Harry grew up on Sydney Harbour where he learnt to sail. After moving back to his native New Zealand, he established himself working in a mix of marine industry roles. Competitively Harry has participated in many coastal and Bluewater series, including the Coastal Classic (Winner 2019), 18ft skiff world championship, White Island, SSANZ events, and much more. In his spare time Harry enjoys cruising on his Ross 830 or his families Riviera 51 in the stunning Bay of Islands.

Harry represents true versatility, with his love for boats and connections in the industry making him a perfect advocate for clients looking to buy or sell their dream vessel. 

Also based at the Opua branch, Hana works on the communications side of the business.

With a background in reporting and public relations writing, and a passion for social media, Hana enjoys delivering brokerage news to valued clients and potential customers and embracing different web platforms to ensure listings and events are given as much exposure as possible.

Also a keen sailor with racing and cruising miles clocked up around New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean, and Pacific, Hana pulls together experiences from being on the sea with an ability to relate to potential customers searching for their ideal boat.

A childhood spent boating with her family has set Daisy Kay in good stead to assist the 36 Degrees crew across all areas of the business. 

Personal Assistant to Conrad, Daisy brings a genuine love for recreational boating to 36 Degrees while being a dab hand with sales support, marketing, and administration. 

Her background spans small boat sales, charter boat work, and thundercat racing, and when she’s not in the office you’ll find her either out cruising or racing thundercats with her brother. They’re following in their father’s footsteps to leave a legacy in this high-speed, thrill-seeking realm of boating!

A bubbly personality to greet you in the Westhaven office, Daisy is happy to talk you through any brokerage, sales, or service enquiries you may have. 



Having spent many years spanning the globe as a Stewardess on Superyachts, our newest member Frankie boasts a deep understanding of the luxury Marine Industry and its clientele.

A thoroughbred yachtie, Frankie was born and raised on the Great Barrier Reef Australia, and spent much of her childhood splashing around on her Father’s sail yacht or blowing bubbles with her dive instructor Mum. Many of her weekends are spent on the Hauraki Gulf either on her SUP board or angling with her fishing obsessed partner. 

Armed with a degree in Communication, a career in Marketing and Events at 36 Degrees Brokers is a natural next step for Frankie. Attracting and retaining clients across the spread of marketing channels, bow to stern, is her objective. With a particular interest in all things Digital, Frankie has a keen desire to propel 36° Brokers into a new era of Marine Marketing.