Tinopai fishing success

by Paul Campbell

Tiny Tinopai School has a burgeoning bank account in the wake of what principal Sonia Kaihe describes as “unbelievably generous support from the Kaipara, from Mangawhai to Dargaville,” in sponsorship for the school’s annual fishing contest.

The January 11 event attracted a huge crowd of both fishers and supporters. The final count saw the school $13,500 better off through fishing entry ticket sales, raffles and other venue fundraising, with more than 100 prizes handed out on the day.

“Of course, we’re absolutely over the moon because people this year were exceptionally supportive,” Sonia said.

“Some of the money will go to outside education for the children, to expand their horizons a bit.

“We took them to Rotorua in the past, for example, where they were fascinated with the geothermal activity. This year, we will probably travel to emphasise environmental issues around the Kaipara region.

“We will allocate some of the money to finance our teacher aide programme, while the balance will go to our van fund, bringing it up to about $14,000.”

Ms Kaihe said having the van would increase mobility to attend sports and other events at Kaipara Schools.

“We are progressing steadily with this, as we are we need enough money for garaging, insurance and maintenance over a purchase price. So now, all eyes are on the 21st Tinopai Fishing contest, in 2021.”