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aka white gold
The West Coast is known for many wonderful things - rain, the wilderness, stunning glaciers, beautiful sunsets....
....and of course, whitebait aka 'white gold'.
Rachel's family have fished the same river for five generations.
Her great-grandparent's bach remains along with several others, steeped in history.
Neil and Dulcie - Rachel's grandparents
We were taught that the only thing to add to a whitebait patty is more whitebait.
That's why we only use an egg to bind the mix and nothing else.
We were also taught that you should never be able to count the whitebait in your patty.
To date, we haven't met a customer yet that can achieve our challenge.
We have learnt from generations before us and hope we can pass this knowledge on for years to come.
We know the importance of taking care of our environment -
especially our whitebait to ensure it survives for our children and their children.
Cleaning our whitebait
West Coast has the purest water and we think these pristine conditions improve our catch.
Even so, we take pride in cleaning our whitebait to maintain freshness.
Blue Pools - South Westland
Whitebait is the most expensive fish in New Zealand.
In some parts of the country it is hard to find and we've seen people spend up to $300kg to get their hands on some.
We keep ours well below market price so that it is accessible to everyone.
Kiwiana Kai believes their whitebait patties are 'true blue Kiwi' and hope you think so too.
WHITEBAITING HAS BEEN PART OF NZ HISTORY FOR A LONG TIME
Whitebaiting on the Waikato - 1929
Whitebaiting on the Buller - 1907
Whitebaiter - 1890's
Kiwiana Kai hope to make their ancestors proud and carry on the tradition of whitebaiting...
...and the art of making a perfect patty.