fishing on the river.
The Motu is famous for its Kawhai fishing. During the early summer the Kawhai "Run" from the sea into the river mouth to spawn up further. i think this is a miracle all on its own but to see the fishermen there fishing day and night is also worth seeing. The fish to eat is probably not as great as the schnapper, or the trevally or the garnet but as the locals bottle it with onion, sauce and herbs it then tastes like salmon. I like it when you drive through the settlement and smell the kawhai smoking on the Manuka fires.
in the old days Aunty Una told me the fences would be covered all summer with fish drying in the sun. its a shame that our tastes are now so sophisticated that when I asked a local boy if he liked Kawhai he stood there and shook his head "No way we get our fish and chips from town"