A feat to savour
Five days of surfcasting on 90 Mile Beach can be a test of endurance for the keenest Snapper Bonanza competitor, but few who were fishing on Saturday March 16, day 4 of the tournament, would have been prepared to swap places with Te Raninikura Conrad-Ellis or any of the others who set off from the Bluff bound for Ahipara, 63km away.
Te Raninikura said he and his fellow Far North REAP Soldiers had dedicated their effort to Vince and Annie Rudolph’s daughter Te Amohaere, whose courage in the face of the illness that took her life two years to the day before the event inspired her community and many around the country.
Vince and Annie rode with them all the way, but they couldn’t have done it without the support of all sorts of people, and for that support they were very grateful.
Te Raninikura’s thanks (Soldiering on) are expressed on page 7.