Hiwi the Kiwi goes fishing - 2010

Clubs and Schools liaise

In late February the Mount Maunganui Sport Fishing Club was approached by Janette Blake, a teacher from Gate Pa School.

She wanted to see if we would be interested in hosting four classes of kids to show them our club and fish mounts, tell a few stories, and then take them fishing from a wharf.  Gate Pa was also taking part in the Hiwi the Kiwi Goes Fishing Schools Programme so the visit would be a natural extension of this.

Club spokesperson, Mark Hemingway, says they gladly accepted this opportunity with the full backing of the committee.

“However, I modified the day to include; a visit to Coastguard; a chance to check out a rescue boat; have an MoF officer talk to them about regulations fillet some fish; weigh something; and generally show them all how much fun you can have fishing,” Mark says.

After the huge success of The Ministrel’s show at the Gate Pa School, Mark received approaches from more teachers who had found out about the fishing day, asking if they could do the same.  The result was the club hosted the whole school over five days, with a roster made up from eager committee members to entertain and educate the students.
Hiwi the Kiwi goes fishing“I approached Bruce from The Big Fish Bait and Tackle Company to purchase 30 hand lines for the kids who did not have rods; he was keen to help out with free bait and spot prizes, too. And Sanfords donated fresh fish daily for the demonstration, with the resulting fillets taken home by the participants for their dinner.

Each day there were 40-50 kinds visiting with the exception of one day when there was double the number.

“All five days went off superbly; there were so many smiles from very excited and happy kids, it just was an absolute pleasure to be a part of, from the fish mounts, to filleting, to fishing (where the catches included kahawai, piper, spotties, cockabullies, starfish and o ne finger!).  Not all kids caught a fish, but they all had a fantastic time.

Mark says he received many thank you letters from the kids, which include comments like; “I am from Korea and have never been fishing.  I didn’t catch anything but had lots of fun learning” and “my favourite part was when I caught a fish” and my own favourite: “I had so much fun my Mum and Dad are now going to buy me a fishing rod.”

“Comments from the teacher were also amazing; they said that it’s the largest response for parent help they have ever had - just goes to show how popular the lure of fishing is.

The club would like to acknowledge support from Barbara Woodill, Craig Lubbe, Brian Goldsbury, Mike Speed, Mike Lenihan, Ian Steed, Shirley Baker and Rob Miller for all their help on the days, as well as huge thank you to Bruce Weston from the Big Fish Bait and Tackle, Barry Elshaw from Tauranga Coastguard, Peter Williams from MFish and Sanford’s for taking the time to contribute to this very worthwhile exercise.

Efforts acknowledge
The Mount Maunganui Sports Fishing Club’s efforts saw them take out the supreme accolade at the recent TrustPower Tauranga Community Awards.

The club received a magnificent trophy, $1,500 and the chance to represent the region in the 2010 TrustPower National Community Awards.  It will be also feature in a new TVNZ series ‘Volunteer Power’ going to air later in the year.

 

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