As tourism dries up, locals get their feet wet

Tuesday March 31, 2020 Written by Published in Local
As tourism dries up, locals get their feet wet

Teleisia Mare was happy to spend her morning fishing at Avatiu harbour.

The youngster had caught a few fish – she loves fishing. And for now, there’s no school.

“My dad is a good fisherman and it’s nice to be here on this sunny day, but it is quiet,” she says.

Three charter and fishing boats were lined up at the moorings from one end to the other, still berthed at mid-morning.

Although there are next to zero charters, many fishermen and women continue to head out to sea to bring in catches for their family and the community.

There’s an old saying: “Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime.”

Until Saturday, chef Vou Williams ran his own thriving Bitetime café at Punanga Nui market.

Now, he says, he’ll be relying on fishing to get by.

And others may learn to do the same. 

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