Lewis Huia


YOB: 1955
Experience: Commercial Skipper, Commercial Fisherman
Regions: Otago, Chathams, Fiordland, Stewart Island
Interview Location: Milford Sound, NZ
Interview Date: 07 February 2016
Post Date: 01 December 2017; Copyright © 2017 Lewis Huia and Steve Crawford


CRAWFORD: Did the Dunedin shark attacks change either how you behaved - or how your family wanted you to behave around the coast?

HUIA: Well later on, one of the boys from my school was attacked. He left school for the day to go swimming, and he got attacked.

CRAWFORD: Tell me that story.

HUIA: It was actually on the news a few years ago. They went back to that incident. I don't know what the program was, but he was on the news, this guy.

CRAWFORD: What was his name?

HUIA: I can't remember. [Barry Watkins] He survived the attack. Apparently, the stories I had heard - because I knew a couple of guys who surfed there - when the shark attacked, it went for the board. And after that, a wave came over, and the shark had him, by the leg or something. When he opened his mouth, a wave actually washed him out. It showed the board in the newspaper. 

CRAWFORD: Do you remember which beach this happened at?

HUIA: St. Clair. All the attacks I can remember, were mainly St. Clair.

Copyright © 2017 Lewis Huia and Steve Crawford