The Government could be right to limit snapper quota to three after the damage eight of them did to a ute.
Auckland man Mark Reihana's new $64,000 Ford Ranger has been at Henderson's John Andrew Ford for four months - and may be written off - after he left eight fish in the back seat for a week.
Mr Reihana, a film set caterer, was on a job in Miranda when he bought some frozen snapper from local fishermen.
He put the fish in the back of his brand new ute, drove back to Auckland and flew out the next day for Queenstown, returning a week later.
"We parked in the driveway and I said to my wife Jo, ‘what the hell is that smell'?"
The ute had become a gleaming, $64,000 stink bomb.
"It came through the seals of the door. It was insane." The defrosted fish had putrefied and a serious maggot infestation had taken hold.
"It had what I can only describe as a mini-skip full of maggots in it," he says.
He had to wear a respirator mask to try to clean out the fish - which were now liquefied - and the maggots which were so thick they had started burrowing into the carpet.
John Andrew Ford in Henderson is still working on the ute four months on.
"They said they are going to try and clean it. They had replaced the foam in the seats but the smell remained," Mr Reihana says.
"There's no way that smell will come out."
His insurance company was determined, however, and the ute remained at the shop where all the seals were being replaced.
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