A media statement from the Development Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management said the aluminium boat was built in Aitutaki by Tai (“Tango”) Herman and features its own trailer, a Yamaha 100hp four-stroke outboard engine, fishing equipment and sea safety gear.
The equipment will be used to catch fish through modern fishing methods such as trawling and long lining. The boat will also be used to catch flying fish and as a platform to teach traditional fishing methods such as i’i manga.
The association has 15 members and has two boat masters, president Nga Jessie and vice-president Iro Maroroa.
“Having the boat will allow members to maintain and enhance their knowledge and skillset in fishing, as well as provide the added benefit to the Matavera community by supplying fish for village events,” a media statement from the Development Coordination Division said.
“The Matavera Fishing Club Association would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the Government of India for the financial assistance in making this project a reality, as well as Melinda Pierre of the Development Coordination Division for her assistance and guidance throughout the implementation of this project,” the statement said.