Boat club helps marae with fish parts


An Auck­land boat­ing club is putting un­wanted fish cuts to good use and help­ing tackle nu­tri­tional, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial is­sues at the same time.

The Out­board Boat­ing Club (OBC) on Ta­maki drive have part­nered with the Pa­p­at­u­anuku Kokiri Marae in Man­gere for its health food pro­gramme. Thanks to the club’s up­graded fish fil­let­ing fa­cil­ity, which in­cludes chillers and bins, the un­wanted parts of a fish are utilised by the marae and South Auck­land fam­i­lies.

Mem­bers of OBC sep­a­rate un­wanted fish heads, trim­mings and of­fal from their catch which are col­lected by the marae.

Fish heads, re­garded as ‘ran­gatira kai’ or chiefly food by tan­gata whenua, frames and roe are dis­trib­uted by the marae to lo­cal fam­i­lies, churches, soup kitchens and other marae in Man­gere. The fish guts are used as fer­tiliser in veg­etable gar­dens of kumara, kale, rocket, beans, chill­ies and herbs.

OBC com­modore Russell Wat­son said the scheme pro­vided a win­ning so­lu­tion for ev­ery­one in­volved.

‘‘The club’s fish trim­mings are ef­fi­ciently re­moved and the marae gets a valu­able food sup­ply,’’ Wat­son said.

The marae’s gar­den man­ager Lionel Hotene said the on­go­ing part­ner­ship with OBC worked to­wards its goal to wean the com­mu­nity off fast food.

‘‘We see food, along with ex­er­cise and clean liv­ing, as the cata- lyst for so­cial change which in­cludes the elim­i­na­tion of the many gangs found in Man­gere,’’ Hotene said.

‘‘We know what good food looks like and we want to make it more ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity who are oth­er­wise in­creas­ingly ex­posed to junk food.’’ Scott Macin­doe said bring­ing the tow groups to­gether had a win­win-win out­come.

‘‘[It] has re­spect for the fish and en­vi­ron­ment, re­spect for our com­mu­ni­ties and self-re­spect - know­ing we can put in a lit­tle ex­tra ef­fort and do the right thing.’’


Lionel Hotene of Pa­p­at­u­anuku Kokiri Marae, left, col­lects the fish parts from Com­modore Out­board Boat­ing Club Hob­son Bay Russell Wat­son.

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