Below are two parts of our journey. First is the who we are today and second is the how we became. Telling stories is the fundamental way of teaching in Maori culture, today we continue this tradition and try to share it with the world.
Who we are today.
Waikawa Fishing Company today is still true to its heart – whanau working together striving for innovation and sustainability within the waters our family revolves around. Exploring new aspects of the industry and committed to producing premium quality products.
The brothers bought their first boat, the Mavis. They caught butterfish in the outer Sounds, then Shark, before turning to Paua diving.
FV Motuara was launched, a 45-foot fishing vessel named after the island in Queen Charlotte Sound, home to Mildred’s whanau.
F.V Swiftsure was used for catching Shark, Ling and Groper, as well as diving for paua and kina.
Carey’s Picton boatyard designed and built the 19m Te Kahurangi. It is still working today, mostly Crayfishing.
Joining our fleet F.V Tempest was used for catching Crayfish.
F.V Star Keys was purchased. Fishing for Crayfish and Bluefin Tuna.
Both the Tempest and the Star Keys left our fleet.
F.V. Sea Hawke II was purchased and worked on catching Trawl Fish.
The company collaborates with Cawthron Institute on the development of new and innovative fishing methods.
F.V. Sea Hawke II was refitted to enter the New Zealand scampi fisheries She contributes to the Cawthron Institute scampi research programme.
Our own brand of scampi ‘Connors Catch’ was born.
F.V. Pacific Challenger joined our fleet, trawling for Fin Fish.
Waikawa fishing Company undertakes a research programme with Cawthron, looking into the scampi lifecycle and possibilities around the agriculture of scampi.
F.V. Pacific Challenger was refitted for scampi fishing. Joining the Sea Hawke.
F.V. Kobus was purchased.
Waikawa Fishing Company purchased F.V. Santa Rosa, to join the Kobus potting.
F.V. Kobus started full time potting.
F.V Sea Hawke II left our fleet