I love being near the ocean. New Zealand's coastline is beautiful and getting out on the boat for a dive or spear fish is always a good time. I’ve formed a dive crew with a group of mates. If there’s a 21st birthday, funeral or gathering in the community, we’re asked to prepare kaimoana. It's no worries; we like doing it.
It’s fun chasing crays, or getting my favourites – kina. It’s a good feeling when you land a crayfish in a tough spot.
The adrenaline kicks in and you can’t muck around. As soon as the first cray goes in the bag, it becomes a competition to see who can get the biggest. I have bragging rights; I’m pretty sharp.
Piri Weepu hosts his own show Piri's Tiki Tour on Māori Television, where he travels Aotearoa developing his kai-gathering skills.
Reported by Monica Tischler for our AA Directions Autumn 2021 issue