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Fish to fill youngsters

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2014
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Yvette Batten /Fairfax NZ

Kiss the fish: New Waves general manager Lisa Bushell and Egmont Seafoods wholesale distribution manager Tony Gillespie get up close and personal with a warehou fish.

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Something fishy is going on at New Waves.

This week the youth-focused organisation on Powderham St launches Fish Friday, through goods donated by Egmont Seafoods.

Lunch, served at noon, is for people aged 10 to 24 years and their families and costs a gold coin.

"We will do this every Friday," Waves general manager Lisa Bushell said.

"We're very excited. It's a brilliant opportunity for us to meet new young people, provide them with kai (food), engage them in our services that we have and also open up doors for individuals who want to do some cooking."

Volunteer cooks are needed, and it's hoped they will share their knowledge with youth and integrate produce from the centre's community garden.

"We'll be able to have fresh fish and fresh vegetables as those carry on growing to provide a nice warm meal for our rangatahi (young people)."

The first meal will be fresh fish with cheese sauce, parsley and rice.

Egmont Seafoods wholesale distribution manager Tony Gillespie said manager Keith Mawson was instrumental in the donation.

"This time of year is warehou season so there's a lot of fish," Gillespie said. "It's healthy and good for the brain."

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