Kei Te Puku o Te Ika tētahi kaupapa mā te hunga rangatahi o Ngāti Tūwharetoa e whakahaerehia ana hei whakaora i o rātou tikanga hī ika, mahi kai hoki i te moana o Taupo me ōna rerenga wai. Te āhua nei, nā ngā ō rangaranga me ngā momo runaruna o te ao hurihuri nei, kaare e kaha whāia ana ngā tikanga ō-mua. Nā reira te kaupapa 'Tamariki Hī Ika' hei akiaki i ngā taiohi me ō rātau whānau ki roto anō i aua tikanga.
Nā tōna pāpā a Ngahere Wall i ako ki te hī.
“My father taught me to cast in puddles when I was about 2 or 3 years old and from there I graduated to coming down to the river doing what I do now, it was just like having a stick with a line at the end and just throwing it into the water.”
Koia i mōhio pū a Ngahere ki te hī taraute, ā, kua pakeke āna ake tamariki i roto i ēnei tikanga. Heoi me uaua kē ka kitea te maha o ngā taiohi i te wai i ēnei rā.
“We're in a digital now so I totally understand why the kids don't see this as exciting. But they see the benefit when it's on the plate though, it's a way to feed the family.”
Nā reira te kaupapa o 'Tamariki Hī Ika' nā te Poari Māori o Tūwharetoa hei whakahauhau i ngā tamariki ki te hī taraute, ki te ako hoki i ngā tikanga pēnei i te tiki koura.
Hei tā Topia Rameka, “Just under 600 of our tamariki have come through our doors and taken up the opportunity to get the licences and the rods and get out there and get amongst their whenua and moana.”
I raro i te kaupapa o Tamariki Hī Ika, kāre he utu mō te raihana hī ika mā ngā taiohi o te iwi, tekau mā ono te pakeke, heke iho. Kei te tautokohia te kaupapa e te umanga o Hunting and Fishing i tāua rohe, kua heke atu te utu o te aho mai i te kotahi rau, rima tekau tāra ki te whā tekau mā rima tāra noa iho.
“They were quick to come on board with this kaupapa knowing that a lot of the whānau were hunters and gatherers and fishers and so on,” hei tā Rameka.
“So any initiative that can be out there to encourage them to get amongst it, I'm in total support of things like that,” hei tā Wall.
Kāre te taraute i puta mō ngā kāmera i tēnei rā. Ēngari i tā te tangata matatau ka kore e ū tētahi mea, hei aha. Kua oti kē he mahere anō.