The wife of a man who died while checking his crayfish pots
on Tuesday says her husband loved nothing more than his
garden and fishing.
The body of Auguste Robin Reinke, 79, was recovered in
Whaler's Bay shortly before 11am yesterday, not far from
where his companion Ronald Clarence Monk, 75, was found on
The pair set off in an almost 5-metre boat about 7am on
Tuesday to check crayfish pots. At about 8.15am another boat
found their semi-submerged vessel in Whaler's Bay, near
Kaikoura, police said.
Mr Reinke's wife Val Reinke said her husband was a "gentleman
and working man of the community".
After working as a builder for many years, Mr Reinke took a
change of direction and set up a commercial fishing business
with another Kaikoura man, she said.
"He was just a jovial sort of person. He got on with
Mrs Reinke said she never worried about her husband fishing.
"If he couldn't get anybody to go with him, I would go."
"He's got about and acre and a half of garden out here which
he was attending, and fishing was the first job in the
morning at 6am or 6.30am. He'd be in for breakfast at about
8am, then spend the rest of the day in the garden, usually."
He would usually bring home four to six crayfish from each
trip, which would be shared amongst the family, she said.
Tuesday's fateful trip out to check the pots was on "the most
beautiful day", Mrs Reinke said.
"The sea was flat, the sun shone all day and there was no
wind." No one had any idea what went wrong, she said.
Mr Reinke is survived by their two daughters and a son, she
"He was a very sociable person and loved nothing better than
anybody to come out here. He'd say 'come and have a beer' and
I made home brew - they always enjoyed it.
"He just loved his garden and going fishing."
He always said he was against a funeral so the plan was to
have him cremated following his autopsy and then scatter his
ashes at sea, Mrs Reinke said.
"I was very proud of my husband."
Mr Reinke's boat was towed to shore on Tuesday afternoon and
would be examined by police investigators and Maritime New
The matter has been referred to the Coroner.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ