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Ngawi Fishing Village
Ngawi Fishing Village
Ngawi is located in North Island
Location in North Island
Country  New Zealand
Region Wellington
Territorial authority South Wairarapa District
Ward Ngawi
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s) 06

Ngawi (pronounced "naa-wee") is a small fishing / holiday town within five kilometres of Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of New Zealand's North Island. The town comprises mainly small wooden houses, called baches.

The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage gives a translation of "the native tussock grass" for Ngāwī.

Ngawi has more bulldozers per capita than anywhere else. The bulldozers are used to haul fishing boats into and out of the water as there is no wharf or other access to the ocean other than the beach, which can be notoriously rough.

The location has a large population of fur seals, and is popular not just with commercial but recreational fishermen. The best fish to catch are Paua (a type of abalone which is prized for its iridescent shell as well as the flesh), crayfish (also known as rock lobster), and cod. The place is popular with many types of fishermen, including spearfishers.

Ngawi is known for its exposed climate, its intense and prolonged wind and the fact that there are almost no trees nearby. The weather can be extremely hot in summer.

Several ships have been wrecked on the rough coastline.

Panoramic View of Ngawi and Palliser Bay

In May 2006, filmmaker Peter Salmon shot a short film called 'Fog' in Ngawi. Salmon was drawn to the area's unique landscape and isolated feel. 'Fog' premiered at Critic's Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. It stars Joe Dekkers-Reihana, Chelsie Crayford Preston, Jim Moriarty and Tina Cook.

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