Merv’s hanging up his chip basket
Who says Merv is a grumpy old b%^&*#d? Who says he never smiles?
Merv Jackison — who actually has a great sense of humour — has become a legend in Whangamata since moving here about 20 years ago.
Merv has been forced to sell his Blue Fish Takeaways business — at which he works eight days a week or any day that ends in ‘ay’— after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
After a short stint in real estate he took over Roundabout Takeaways in Hunt Rd for a few years, after which he bought Blue Fish Takeaways.
His fish ‘n‘ chips and ‘Muck’ (or ‘Blood and Guts’) have become world famous in Whanga and with the many regular visitors to our beachside town.
‘Muck’ is a dish Merv concocted years ago for surfers as they returned, tummies rumbling, from a day on the waves looking for something to boost their flagging energy levels.
It comprises hot chips, grated cheese, sour cream and tomato sauce all in the one packet so when it’s opened up, it looks like a bloody mess.
Cooking has always been in Merv’s blood. He was an Army chef in his younger days and later catered for various organisations in Auckland, including a couple of RSAS.
In Whangamata, he has been a generous supporter of junior and Ripper rugby and visiting schools, supplying them all with dinner packs at a discounted rate.
Cheyne Barbarich has worked with Merv for many years and says he deserves recognition for his years of helping kids with sponsorship and meals.
“He’s got this reputation as an old grump but he’s got lots of loyal customers. We who know him love him to bits. We want people to pop in and say ‘Cheers Merv’ before he finishes up on Friday,” Cheyne said.
Merv plans to catch up with friends he hasn’t seen in many years because of his dedication to his business.
The best part of his 13 years with Blue Fish was seeing satisfied customers and getting positive feedback, he said.
After Friday Merv’s gruff calling of orders will no longer be heard. But he certainly won’t be forgotten.
Go well, Merv.
Tammy, Merv and Kyle Jackison with Dom Henry in 2016.
FAREWELL: Merv will hang up his last chip basket tomorrow after 13 years at Blue Fish Takeaways.
MERV in 2010