Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
9 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 30, 2011 Have Fish Friday every day of the week From Wednesday 1st June, the new Hooked on Seafood store, situated at Wellington Station, will have tasty takeaway seafood treats and fresh fish on sale. So regardless of whether they want to cook up their own storm, or let someone else have dishes to clean, Kapiti commuters will now have the choice. Steve Tarrant, general manger of Moana Pacific Fisheries, says: "We want to give commuters healthy meal options featuring the best wild, locally-caught seafood by making it ready to pick up on the way home. Whether you want a meal cooked to order for you, or fresh seafood to take home for dinner, it's up to you." Takeaway menu highlights include Thai fish cakes, Mussel fritters and a tasty salmon wrap. Meal deals will start at $10 and there will also be individual food options and children's meals available. And the good thing is Moana's clever sealed packaging will keep their fillets chilled, super fresh and fragrance free all the way home, right through cooking and on the plate. Hooked on Seafood will also offer the convenient new "Garnish to Go" packs. With these you pick your fillet, choose a garnish, have it sealed in a special bag that's ready for you to take home and cook, with easy instructions, no mess, and best of all, no dishes. The seafood on offer will be based on seasonal catches but will include plenty of regular favourites such as Tarakihi, Snapper, Blue Cod and Groper, many of which are sustainably caught off the Kapiti Coast. Moana insists on strict adherence to New Zealand's world leading quota management system to ensure fish stocks remain healthy. Mr Tarrant continues: "Our view is a healthy resource delivers a healthy industry. Our Maori shareholders charge us as Kaitiaki to ensure we leave things in a better condition than when we found them for future generations." Hooked on Seafood is the latest venture for Moana Pacific Fisheries, whose well known truck will still offer the latest catch on SH1 at Paekakariki for non commuters every Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Sundays. The new Hooked on Seafood station outlet is open from 10am until 7.30pm on weekdays. From this week, sh is more likely to be a regular feature on the dinner plates of Kapiti rail commuters. Some extra miles from the Budget Funding boost for track Pukeatua proud: Te Araroa Wellington Trust members Hugh Barr and Clelia Lind on the Pukeatua track heading toward Pukeatua peak. By JOEL MAXWELL ' This will be one of the great Kiwi tracks, and not just for Te Araroa, but it will be a stand- alone track. ' Te Araroa Trust chief executive Geoff Chapple The long-planned Paekakariki escarpment section of Te Araroa is set for a major cash injection fol- lowing this month s Budget announcement. Te Araroa Trust chief executive Geoff Chapple said the escarp- ment walk would receive a sig- nificant amount of the $1.5 million awarded in the Budget for Te Araroa, a trail running the length of New Zealand. This will be one of the great Kiwi tracks, and not just for Te Araroa, but it will be a stand- alone track. The Paekakariki escarpment track would cost about $900,000 to complete and replace a road bypass section, along the Cen- tennial Highway, currently used for Te Araroa. It would require a family of funders to complete, with the trust waiting till it secures the full $900,000 before announcing a start date for construction. Mr Chapple said Te Araroa comprised about 300 linked tracks from Cape Reinga to Bluff, and was likely to be officially opened this summer. Meanwhile, keen walkers will have to wait till June 18 to tackle Kapiti s newest section of Te Araroa as the Department of Con- servation adds the final touches to the 14-kilometre Pukeatua Track. Te Araroa Wellington Trust chairman Bill Wakelin said the Pukeatua followed an old forestry trail used by walkers as an unof- ficial track between Otaki Forks and Reikorangi. Paraparaumu trustee Penny Redward first marked out the track as a potential route for the Te Araroa section several years ago, Mr Wakelin said. Some parts of it are quite wide, and quite evident, but of course where it passes through private land that wasn t an official track, so we had to get the consent there of the land owner. The trust gained consent from landowners John and Mary Carter to use the portion of Reikorangi farmland required for the Pukeatua at the end of last year, he said. Once the Pukeatua is opened, the region s section of Te Araroa will run from Island Bay in Wel- lington to Gladstone Rd, Levin. Department of Conservation programme manager for visitor assets Wayne Boness said the Pukeatua route required upgraded signposting, marking and clearing of fallen trees. Creating the official track cost about $70,000, with the money coming from a fund set aside by the previous government for Te Araroa projects. Mr Boness said the track had a similar topographical profile from either direction -- starting about 120 metres above sea level and peaking midway at more than 800m. The Pukeatua would make a good day tramp, but people who head into the Tararua bush would still need to go prepared for sud- den changes in weather conditions, he said. The June 18 opening ceremony starts at 1pm at Otaki Forks, the main western entrance to the Tararua Forest Park. People wanting to walk the track on June 18 can gather at 10am at Schoolhouse Flats at Otaki Forks -- by the Fenceline Loop carpark. The Forks are about 19km inland from Otaki, on Otaki Gorge Rd, where the Waiotauru River and Waitatapia Stream meet the Otaki River.
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