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Kitchen koha

    The gift of a slow cooker and an in-house recipe book to all farm workers and families is the latest Ngāi Tahu Farming initiative designed to encourage engagement and healthy living within the Te Whenua Hou farming community in North Canterbury. Ngāi Tahu Farming General Manager – People and Development, Claire Bourne says…

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Healthy Kai
Māori Styles

Starting with a passion for gardening, Jade Temepara’s ambitions may very well be the next step to ensuring our whānau are healthy and thriving. “It’s about everything: employment, enterprise, education, health, wellbeing, connectedness, and just feeling comfortable in a community we have felt quite distant from for a long time.”

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Feeding the thousands

Stan Tawa (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa) is a man who can handle the heat in the kitchen. As catering coordinator for Te Matatini 2015 in Christchurch, Stan will be in charge of supervising the large hākari – a first for Te Matatini and a massive job for the hosts, Waitaha Cultural…

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Kai
A taste for pūtakitaki

I’m not interested in blasting ducks. This is a food resource. When you research our mahinga kai, you realise our food has often been turned into someone else’s sport. The best push is a drive … We have learnt to sit back and not rush the birds.

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In pursuit of tītī

We turned into the little seaside settlement and headed along the waterfront to Takutai o te Titi Marae with a bucket full of muttonbirds. Kaumātua from the Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka started arriving within minutes of the first tītī being plunged into the cooking pot. It was if they could smell them on the air –…

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Mussel memories

Kutai or toretore (mussel) are one of the favourite traditional Māori foods and their traditional harvest at Tutehuarewa Marae at Koukourarata -Port Levy on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsular, was originally featured as part of the Te Karaka kai series. Koukourarata is well known for producing some of the fattest, juiciest toretore around – mussels up to…

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Increasing Māori potato stocks

You don’t usually associate the South Westland climate with the cultivation of peppers, strawberries and bumper harvests of tomatoes but at Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio’s Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae at Bruce Bay, four hours south of Hokitika, hard work on the marae gardens have paid off. The tunnel houses and planter boxes have…

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Clash of the Marae Kai titans

  In the end it came down to one point. After one hour of intense concentration in an unfamiliar kitchen, the ringawera from Mangamaunu Marae were edged out of the reality television series Marae Kai Masters by Huria Marae (Ngāti Ranginui) from Tauranga in a compelling seafood challenge. There was both disappointment and relief at…

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Murihiku Rangatahi Tumeke Camp

Rangatahi Tumeke held their second outdoor camp in Te Ākau Tai Toka (the Catlins). Ten Ngāi Tahu rangatahi, aged 10–16 , attended and many of their whānau came to tautoko and manaaki us with different activities.

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Tuna Tastes

Tuna were a lifeline for early Māori and they’re still favourite kai today. Here’s a few ideas on how to enjoy them at the table.

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