Fish for the Future

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Inc (NZSFC) (formerly known as the New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council or the NZBGFC) is proud to introduce the Hiwi the Kiwi Goes Fishing project to the school children of New Zealand. With New Zealand being a country where you are never far from the sea, the NZSFC believes that it is best to educate our children from an early age on how to best enjoy, manage, protect and preserve our marine environment.

Everybody knows that eating fish is healthy. Going fishing is also recognised as one of the most popular, not to mention healthy, activities undertaken by Kiwis, with over 1 in 4 ‘having a go' at it each year. As Kiwis we all want to ‘do the right thing'.

Mark de Lacy aka "The Minstrel" and Hiwi the Kiwi are already well known to a generation of Kiwi school children with their road show having toured extensively, entertaining and inspiring tens of thousands of children over the past 10 years.

Over 2009 and 2010 The Minstrel has performed his Hiwi The Kiwi Goes Fishing show at approximately 240 primary schools in New Zealand. There will be a further 60 plus of the entertaining shows in 2011. Presently, 20 schools have already booked for 2011. If your school is interested in being visited by "The Minstrel" and experiencing his entertaining, humorous and instructive educational program, please      CLICK HERE to organise a booking.

The Show is also fully supported by professionally written teaching resource material. It has created a fun way of teaching the children of New Zealand about our fishery and the marine environment and encourages the young people of today to participate in fishing and to enjoy the many opportunities that we are privileged to have in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Inc (NZSFC) was established in 1957 and is now by far the largest fishing representative body in New Zealand, comprising 57 member clubs and 32,000 affiliates. The Council's clubs and affiliates, at heart, grassroots fishermen and families who simply enjoy fishing and gathering seafood. As such, the Council has evolved as an organisation that takes a substantial role in ensuring that New Zealand's fishery is well managed to provide food and enjoyment for future generations of New Zealanders.

New Zealand Sport Fishing secured recognition by SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) as a National Sports Organisation in December 2009 and is committed to the promotion the sport and the development of pathways and activities for children to enter the sport and recreational activities available in fishing.

Hiwi the Kiwi