Hatch­ery’s his­tory told

South Waikato News - - BOOK REVIEW -

Ta­papa Rain­bow Trout Hatch­ery By Joan Stan­ley A book has been re­leased on the his­tory of trout farm­ing in the Waimakariri River near Ti­rau.

The book Ta­papa Rain­bow Trout Hatch­ery ( pic­tured) by Joan Stan­ley was launched in Ta­papa ear­lier this month.

The hatch­ery was lo­cated near where SH5 crosses the river. A stone carv­ing and plaque are lo­cated up­stream from the hatch­ery site.

Stan­ley’s book cov­ers the rea­sons be­hind the cer­a­tion of the hatch­ery, its devel­op­ment, clo­sure and then ef­forts this cen­tury to com­mem­o­rate the site.

A real strength in the book is the use of first-hand ac­counts from those who re­mem­ber the hatch­ery.

Stan­ley has been re­search­ing the hatch­ery for many years, writ­ing an ar­ti­cle for the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle on the 100th an­niver­sary of the in­tro­duc­tion of rain­bow trout to New Zealand in 1983.

The hatch­ery was opened in 1892. Trout had pre­vi­ously been bred at the Auck­land Do­main.

A new site was needed af­ter a dis­ease out­break in Auck­land and the Ta­papa lo­ca­tion was se­lected. The hatch­ery closed in 1914 and off­spring of trout from the site are can still be found in the Waimakariri River and the neigh­bour­ing Wai­hou River.

The me­mo­rial to the hatch­ery is lo­cated off of Waimakariri Rd on the river’s western bank.

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