CanFish 2024

12 Mar 2024

Our annual CanFish event brought together 40 enthusiastic rangatahi from across Aotearoa to Tāmaki Makaurau, giving them the opportunity to get a break from cancer by going out fishing for the day.

Mike Deverell from Barfoot and Thompson organised the day, which saw an incredible turnout of over 50 volunteers, including dedicated skippers and staff. We appreciate the valuable time and commitment shown by the entire CanFish team, Canteen Youth Workers, and enthusiastic volunteers in creating such a memorable day for the rangatahi.

Rangatahi at CanFish looking at a police helicopter and catching fish


Gathering at Pine Harbour, Beachlands, attendees were divided into groups, each comprising 2-4 rangatahi, a skipper, a deckhand, and a Canteen staff member. Before setting sail, they had the opportunity to explore a police boat and helicopter, courtesy of the New Zealand Police.

Once on the water, the groups engaged in fishing, bonding, and even partook in a spirited water balloon fight with passing boats and a ferry. Rangatahi had a 'reel' success, catching over 100 fish collectively! The fish were filleted for rangatahi and whānau to take home and enjoy!

Rangatahi at CanFish with caught fish


Returning to shore, everyone convened at the Maraitai boat club for a well-deserved meal and a prize-giving ceremony. While the prizes were exceptional, including awards for the biggest catch, the true highlight was the connections forged between the rangatahi and the joy of fishing. 

Thanks to our generous supporters and donors, all event flights, transportation, and accommodations for rangatahi were fully covered, ensuring no barriers to participation. 

Rangatahi enjoying time on the boats at CanFish


We were also grateful to have inspiring Canteen ambassadors, like Silver Fern, Sulu Fitzpatrick, join us on the day to encourage and cheer on rangatahi.

With memories made and bonds strengthened, participants bid farewell and headed home, eagerly anticipating the next Canteen event!