by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
A new $3 million fish factory constructed in the main centre of Waitangi is in its final stages before it will be opened for operations.
While frustrations on lack of investment into remote area developments have mounted up, the initiative taken by Chatham Islands largest employer, Aoteraoa Fisheries, will bring positive benefits to the locals and help ease these frustrations.
With fishing and cray-fishing as the two biggest income-earning resources in and around the island, the new fish factory brings new hope for the locals.
General Inshore Manager, Steve Tarrant, said the new factory provided the people with security.
Described as having export capability, this will allow for future product developments and lead to other opportunities that will increase employment opportunities for the locals.
Local Maori Te Tai Tonga MP, Rino Tiritakene, said this development is a major milestone for the locals and will bring a lot of benefits both now and the future.
The news fish factory will be opened by December 8 for operations.