the fishing contest
This sign stands at the corner of the main road and the road that leads down to the beach. It signals the annual fishing contest along the beach. It is held to rais money for the local school and there is no doubt that the amazing prizes sponsered by town tradesman have a lot to do with the huge numbers of people that turn up about 8 am on the day.
Once they all get going it is frantic. Beside the anglers getting it their spot there are the family supporters bustling up and down on anything that has wheels. At noon there abouts the Hungi is opened and dishes are delivered along to those who have ordered and paid meat, potato. kumera cabbage etc.
The contest closes about 2 pm and there in front of the Marae the weighing takes place, Best scnapper, kawhai, other usually for the adults then the kids. This is followed by what is known as battens up, buying a small numbered stick which you hope will be the one picked out, or the raffles for food parcels. This day swells the coffers for the local school.. .