The 20-plus club members make up 80 per cent of the isolated northern island’s population.
In June 2016 an initial request was made to the Cook Islands Fishing Association president, Don Beer for funding support from the CIF members facility to begin the task of building a place where the fishers could meet and store their fishing gear and catch.
This week’s opening was the culmination of members’ efforts to finally complete the building.
Nassau Fishing Club spokesman Poila Poila sent out a big “meitaki maata” to everyone who supported the cause.
“Thank you Dr Kirianu for constantly following up with Cook Islands Fishing and other funding envelopes in Rarotonga for the building materials and equipment,” he said.
The club building houses the fisheries office as well as a catering and meeting conference area. Plans to re-equip and repair local fishermen’s boats are also on the cards.
Beer says he is exceptionally happy with the Nassau project as it shows how progressive fishing clubs in the Pa Enua can take their grants and turn them into an important facility to serve their islands.
“Nassau Fishing Association is one of the very proactive fishing club members in CIF and I am happy we have supported them consistently,” he said.