Willie Puiki, Maria Poila Marurai, Mawutu Pita and Jeremiah Yawea with the Pukapuka pakeke fishing tournament trophies. 21021704.
Tawa Ngake won the unique Kave Kave fishing event on the island of Pukapuka that took place last week.
For two days, the two districts of Tawa Ngake
and Tawa Lalo competed to catch the most fish (the highest number caught wins)
using a traditional island method.
Kiriano (Dash) Nio said: “This fishing
competition is handline traditional methodology only called ‘pakeke’ in Wale.”
Over 40 aluminium boats with two to four men
onboard each vessel took to the water on each day.
Tawa Ngake caught a total of 50 fish to win
the overall trophy. Tawa Lalo counted 21 over the two days.
The fish weighed a total of 367kg in the
two-day tournament. The heaviest tuna was landed by Angaino Atera and weighed
Tearo Tinomana and Kuo Marurai tied for the
most number of fish caught with six tuna each.
The winners received a trophy sponsored by
Kirianu and Parau Nio, who are presently visiting the island.
The total fish catch has decreased slightly
when compared to 73 that was caught last year.
Results: Tawa Lalo Day 1- 10, day 2 - 11,
total of 21. Tawa Ngake Day 1 - 27, day 2 - 23 a total of 50. *Pukapuka has
three villages - Ngake, Yato and Loto; the island divides into Tawa Lalo and