Issue 58

Makariri/Winter 2013 | 58

An excuse to Share

Hāngī are about celebration, tikanga and whanaungatanga. In these modern times, how you make a hāngī can range from the traditional underground oven to using old steel drums heated with gas. There are even hāngī made in recycled beer kegs. But whatever new methods are used, the true taste of hāngī comes from the earth.

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Claudia Orange is a prolific writer on Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This book builds on her earlier work, An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi, published in 2003. She says this new book brings events up to the present, and completes a comprehensive set of Treaty histories.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
Kānuka, a victim of mistaken identity

It is often difficult to tell the difference between some of our native plants, particularly closely related species. But, if ever there was a victim of mistaken identity, it has to be kānuka. Mention of its name in polite company often causes people’s eyes to glaze over vacantly. Most Kiwis are familiar with mānuka and assume you are either confused or your knowledge of te reo Māori is even worse than theirs.

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