Catch 22

By Thomas Hishon

I first left New Zealand in my early twenties to explore a world with an endless culinary horizon. One of the things that I would continue to seek out in my travels to different towns and cities over many countries and continents would be my growing interest in local fish markets. It was the commonalities of variety, cultural diversity, small scale fishing vessels and just general vitality and freshness that drew me in. Something that I had yet to experience back home. Full article “Catch 22”

Use your head

Leisha Jones comes face to face with a favourite dish from her childhood

I have been fed spicy food since I was the size of a bird’s eye chilli in the womb. My mother was living in Singapore when she was pregnant with me and throughout my childhood we went there almost once a year for my dad’s work. From a very young age I had my favourite dishes that I would race to eat every time we touched down. At eight years old I would crave to go to Little India and eat curries so hot they would burn the butthole off the burliest men. Full article “Use your head”

Bring the kai back

Words & Images by Aaron McLean

Lionel Hotene (Ngāti Awa) emits a deep sadness when he speaks about the food options in his hood, a combination of confusion and anger. Fast food giants selling cheap hollow food on every corner, lamb flaps more affordable than kūmara, and a community who quite simply can’t afford to put real nutritious food on their tables. He’s quick to make the connection with the overflowing diabetes ward just down the road at Middlemore Hospital, and with depression and crime rates. “Our people get so down” he despairs, “there’s prejudice against us and we’re belittled. People think we’re no good; we’re lazy, we’re all on the benefit, we’re all in prison, we’re all fat. I’m over that.” Accompanying Lionel’s frustration is an infectious laugh, a spark in his eye and a readiness to “mahi up” and turn it all on its head. “We’re the total opposite of what you think we are,” he proudly states, and he’s proving it. Full article “Bring the kai back”

New Horizons

Words & Photography by Aaron McLean

There’s a lot of romance in being a pirate. Captaining a boat, risking your life with adventures on the high seas, long rum-soaked nights telling tall tales, challenging the powers that be… Nate Smith is a self proclaimed pirate — not here to conquer or steal, but through his enterprise, Gravity Fishing, he seeks to be part of the vanguard, modelling a path to artisanal, transparent and sustainable commercial fishing. Full article “New Horizons”

Seaweed

by Brie Sherow

There are certain stereotypes about Maine that you come to expect. Men have beards, wear flannel, and live in cabins in the middle of the woods. Micah Woodcock, owner and primary sea vegetable harvester at Atlantic Holdfast, doesn’t disappoint. Especially with his wry sense of humour. Full article “Seaweed”