Representing quality kaimoana from Wharekauri, Chatham Islands

4 Mahuru 2020








“Fishing is a way of life” for seventh generation Chatham Islander, Delwyn Tuanui. Earlier this week he spoke to RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan about the importance of fishing and working with local fishermen to supply quality, fresh fish to New Zealand and Australia.

Delwyn runs a Chatham Island Food Co, a small family business, that processes top quality Chatham Island kaimoana for export. It’s not without challenges, especially during COVID-19, but delivering quality kaimoana to restaurants in Melbourne and customers in New Zealand is a key focus for the business.

“We do work close with fisherman, they’re generational fishers from generational fishing families… they take a lot of pride in their work. We work really closely with them to make sure that what they do at sea and what we do when we’ve got the fish on the processing table is just really focused about delivering that quality to the customer.”

We thank RNZ for giving great fishers like Delwyn a platform so that he could talk to the importance of fishing in “arguably NZ’s last fishing community.”

Listen to the full interview with Delwyn on RNZ here.