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Down by the riverside ...
WHITEBAITING is a good-old Kiwi tradition -- a pastime where cellphones don't belong,
and the only thing that's fast is the fsh.
Like gold bait, whitebait fever sees a rush of fervent anglers heading to the rivers at
5.30am where they often stay until nightfall, having been lured by the excitement of the
catch and a feast of fritters at the end of it all.
In anticipation of the season, baiters in the Bay are already making sure their gear
measures up to the job. Having made or repaired their nets over winter, many have wisely
visited the Department of Conservation to ensure their wares meet the regulations.
Seasoned 'baiters' agree that all the rivers around Hawke's Bay are great for
Wairoa Rivers, are as good as any.
"It's good too that we've had a lot of rain recently because it makes the rivers fow well
for the season," says Paul Woolhouse, from Guns & Tackle, Hunting & Fishing in Napier.
"You need plenty of water to be pushed out because the whitebait can sense the
pressure of the waterfow, and then they're off upstream! They spawn on the sides of the
riverbanks and in the grassy areas, so we're expecting there will be plenty this year."
When you do get down by the riverside, he suggests you keep as still as you can
because any movement near the water's edge is more crucial than noise.
"You can see them and they can see you, so any quick movements will make them
disappear at the blink of an eye."
Whitebait has long-since been a delicacy to savour. The general consensus on the
most popular recipe would have to be whitebait mixed with beaten egg and seasoning,
tipped into a frying pan coated with butter or olive oil. But however you cook them, there's
plenty of whitebait out there to be caught and lots of fritters to enjoy!
The three-month season attracts all sorts -- young and old, men and women -- but
remember there are rules that must be followed. Any whitebaiters caught with their nets
out before the season opens could be heavily fned. Fishing is permitted between 5am
and 8pm during New Zealand standard time, and 6am to 9pm during daylight saving
If your whitebaiting gear is up to scratch, you'll catch heaps of the little critters for those fabulous fritters!
• No person shall fsh for whitebait within 20m of any tide
gate, foodgate, confuence or culvert, or fsh from any
• No person shall possess whitebait in conjunction with
any whitebait net that is not permitted for use under the
whitebait regulations, whether or not the net is being used at
• No person shall unlawfully take fsh. These will be
immediately and carefully returned to the waters from which
• No person shall discard or dump on shore any fsh taken
when fshing for whitebait. Nothing in these regulations
permits any person fshing for whitebait to interfere with,
alter or modify the natural bed or banks of any river, stream,
estuary or channel.
Persons offending against these regulations may be fned
up to $5000.
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Kids Unplugged show
off 'forgotten skills'
Big pestle: Five-year-old Alex loved
getting involved with Heavens
The children's holiday pro-
gramme, Kids Unplugged,
recently celebrated Matariki with
an extravaganza of performance,
dance and food.
After a week of learning dance,
drama, music and art, the Kids
Unplugged group showcased their
skills with a performance for
special guests, including Labour
MP Steve Chadwick, the spokes-
woman for arts and culture;
Labour list MP Stuart Nash,
mayor Barbara Arnott, and city
councillors Rob Lutter, Michelle
Pyke and Dave Pipe.
As guest speaker, Ms Chadwick
announced part of Labour's Arts
Policy, that of establishing a Net-
work of Kids Art Houses.
Kids Unplugged is a perfect
model of how they are envisaged
to be run and managed,'' she said.
The children and staff at this
programme were really connected
with the creative activities they
were doing. The sense of partici-
pation and enjoyment from the
children was huge.''
Kids Unplugged runs children's
holiday programmes in a variety
of locations around Napier and
the focus is on learning hands-on
skills such as sewing, knitting,
fishing, arts and culture and out-
Director Sallie Dunford believes
in getting back to the basics for
All children who attend the
holiday programme totally
embrace the concept of no elec-
tronic devices' and they don't
seem to miss their TVs and Play-
stations while they learn how to
bait a kontiki, sew a costume or
paint a picture.''
Ms Dunford says the basic skills
the children are learning in the
holiday programme are in danger
of becoming forgotten'' skills in
this modern world.
She is pleased there is always a
great demand for places on the
programme each school holidays.
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