As told to Elisabeth Easther

My parents were both great fisher people and every May school holidays we'd go to the eastern side of Lake Taupō. My parents, my sister and me packed into the Morris 1100 with a trailer loaded with a sheep, a sack of potatoes and enough food to last two or three weeks. Mum used to take the preserver - she was always bottling things, apricots, peaches, tomato relish – and she also bottled trout. She'd do 40 or so Agee jars and opening them was like opening a tin of salmon today.

I wanted to

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