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Mona’s Catch of the Day

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Just Cod’s Owner, Mona Shares her Secret to Success

The dedication and drive that Monara ‘Mona’ Manui has displayed in the quest for giving her son the best possible life is truly admirable. Eight years ago, Mona packed up her life and moved thousands of miles from New Zealand to start a new one in the Logan area.

Having been in Logan visiting friends on holidays, Mona knew about the numerous opportunities available in Logan. During her transition year, Mona worked as much as she could save enough money to buy the essentials, like a home for her family, furniture and a car. Due to her hard work, Mona was able to bring her husband and son over, enrolling him in John Paul College in Daisy Hill. 

“You’ve got to have the passion and the will; otherwise, you won’t succeed”

Always having a passion for food and customer service, Mona excelled in her chosen profession. According to Mona, “You’ve got to have the passion and the will; otherwise, you won’t succeed … Love is the secret ingredient. All our dishes are made with love. For if you don’t cook with love, your food tastes like shit!”.

In 2019, Mona and her family received some devastating news; her beloved husband was diagnosed with cancer. In an effort to secure them financially, they decided to start ‘Just Cod’ a fish and chip shop located in Loganholme; so, if anything happened to him, Mona would have the shop and the community to fall back on during the difficult time. 

“Love is the secret ingredient”

Having worked previously at ‘The Hangi Pit’, Mona was familiar with the process of running a successful food business.  Her work ethic put her in good stead as she and the store found their feet; becoming a part of the community, creating her own recipes that remind people of home and building a welcoming atmosphere that treats customers like family.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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