[21 September/ New Zealand Herald]

Fish & Game staff have completed the operation to release 30 rainbow trout with specially numbered pink tags for its Fish for Gold promotion, launching October 1 and finishing October 8. The two large prizes are $10,000 cash and an outboard motor valued at $949. 10 of the pink tagged fish were released into each of three lakes- Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina. Eastern Fish & Game Manager Andy Garrick said no one, including himself, knew which lake the $10,000 fish went into. The numbers on the pink tags have been matched to prizes that have been placed into envelopes and sealed by a Justice of the Peace. Aside from the two larger prizes, the other envelopes contain a $200 tackle or voucher prize to ensure every registered angler who returns a pink tag receives some reward. Hundreds of people have registered to take part, and the event is limited to the first 1200 entries. Admission is free; however, a 2017-18 Fish & Game sports fishing licence is necessary.