Bringing Back Tradition – Friday Family Fish & Chips

Bringing Back Tradition – Friday Family Fish & Chips

We’re bringing back the good old tradition of Friday Family Fish & Chip night!

We’re offering a free ice cream or iceblock for kids when they order over $10 worth of food and FREE CHIPS with every jug of Tiger Beer.

And to top it all off, we have wine tastings with winemaker ‘Daniel Struckman’ from Batch Winery.

So, grab the kids and bring them down to your local fish and chip shop!

Fishing Quota in New Zealand

Fishing Quota in New Zealand

In the early days
In New Zealand, the Maori were the first to begin fishing and catching shellfish for food. Though British settlers preferred meat to fish, the Italians and the Shetlanders were of opposite opinion. The Maori fished with nets and lines until 1930s when new innovations of fishing became available.

Keeping things cool
People started sending fish overseas when refrigeration was invented in the 1800s. This helped preserve the fish for the long journey.

Rise of the crayfish
Crayfish became an important part of people’s diet in the 1950s and received global demand in the 1960s. Due to popular demand, crayfish were shipped overseas to the United States. Due to this ever increasing demand, New Zealander started exporting other species of fishes like the Tarakihi and Snapper.

Deep Sea fishing
Industries needed another place to fish after a decline in fish due to overfishing. New Zealand was given freedom to fish as far as 200 nautical miles out to sea, after the creation of the Exclusive Economic Zone in 1978. The industry started fishing in deeper seas and the economy rocketed after Orange Roughy and Hoki were discovered between 1980s and 1990s.

To ensure the survival of the fish and the fishing industry, there were regulations put in place in the 1980s. The total amount of fish caught by the various industries were regulated. Industries were allowed to fish up to 128,000 tonnes of Hoki while the quota for the snapper fish was only 65,000 tonnes. These quota defined the price of the fish, making Hoki cheaper to buy than snapper.

General Facts

  • The New Zealand marine fisheries waters is the 5th largest EEZ with about 4.4m km2. This has made our fishing sector a giant among fishing countries.
  • The coastline of New Zealand ranks 9th in the world with an area of 15,134 km.
  • The number of species commercial fished is 130
  • The Total Allowable Commercial Catch’s (TACCs) is over 500 individual area for 99 species
  • The TACCs overall allocation is about 656618 tonnes for the year 2014.
  • The total estimated commercial fish resource value as of 2009 is NZ$4.0b
  • As of December 2013, the total landed is 413,346 tonnes
  • The total seafood harvest including aquaculture is 600,000


For Waiheke Island’s Best Fish and Chips, visit The Local @ Oneroa 🙂

Waiheke placed #5 on Lonely Planet’s Top 10

Waiheke placed #5 on Lonely Planet’s Top 10

Waiheke island in New Zealand has been selected by seasoned travelers as one of the top 10 places to visit in the world. According to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 publication – an annual traveler’s guide to the most exquisite destinations and experiences as voted by travel writers and tourism experts; Waiheke Island is ranked the No 5 destination to visit.

The island’s magnificent landscapes and views are always breathtaking for first time visitors and old timers as well. Much of the island’s popularity has to do with its great wineries and mouth watering delicacies.

Lonely planet spokesman Chris Zeiher praised the island’s unique community “Waiheke’s bohemian and hippy past is not far from the surface. The island continues to have a thriving community where over 100 working artists ply their trades in disciplines such as sculpture, glass-blowing, painting and woodwork. The island is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, where mountain biking, sea kayaking and sailing can all be indulged”.

Lonely Planet is a well known tourism & travel guide for travelers seeking to experience various parts of the world with recommendations on several travel features like the best restaurants & bars.

Transylvania, Romania was declared the ultimate must-see region as a result of its astonishing surroundings that keeps attracting visitors. Even its well known vampire folklore can’t keep visitors from wanting to have a feel of the region. Other destinations included in the top 10 regions are West Iceland, Valle de Vinales in Cuba, Auvergne in France and Hawaii.

A spokesman at one of Waiheke’s famous restaurants Mubrick Vineyard & Restaurant said “This kind of announcement is really exciting for Auckland as a whole because I think it represents the caliber of not just the surroundings and the beauty of the area, but also what is actually on offer. So for businesses, it’s really positive in the way that they’re being viewed in their services, accommodation, the restaurants and the food and drinks”. The restaurant has hosted celebrities including American popstar Taylor Swift, Actress Eva Longoria and movie director Ron Howard.

Tourism Industry Association figures released yesterday show expenditure in the year to March was up 10.3 per cent to $29.8 billion.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10

  • Transylvania, Romania
  • West Iceland
  • Valle de Vinales, Cuba
  • Friuli’s wine regions,Italy
  • Waiheke Island
  • Auvergne, France
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Bavaria, Germany
  • Costa Verde, Brazil
  • St Helena, British Territories

Waiheke Island: an island worthy of praise

Not too long ago, Aucklanders who were is in search of more peace and solitude would leave the mainland and head to Waiheke, writes Travel Editor Winston Aldworth. The Lonely Planet might just change all that if it has its way.

The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf has been listed as one of the world’s best regions in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016, the publisher’s annual summary of the top travel destinations for the coming year. It is a well deserved accolade for the island that is one of the few places in New Zealand that delivers a high-end food and wine service that attracts international travelers to spend heavy money. The island also serves you with its amazing natural beauty that leaves visitors to New Zealand in awe which makes them look forward to revisiting the island. Every time I arrive by ferry on the island, I’m struck by the sensation of reaching a new climate.

It’s true that these awards are a bit of a  grab-bag with enough pearls thrown in the wind to achieve international recognition and global press coverage; on that note:  a shout out to Ferg Burgers in Queenstown, who provide, apparently the world’s fifth best Burger Experience.

Being an increasingly key part of the Golden triangle of New Zealand tourism – Auckland, Rotorua and Queenstown, Waikeke deserves the praise that it gets. Lonely Planet isn’t the first to heap praise on Waikeke; about a week ago, the island came fourth place on Conde Nast traveler’s list of the Best Islands in the world.

Such success is worthy of a toast. The question is, which vineyard shall we choose ?