Healthy kai easy to make

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Kapa haka kids from Kowhai In­ter­me­di­ate School are tak­ing home a mes­sage that healthy eat­ing is sim­ple af­ter en­joy­ing a sur­prise lunch at Te Mahure­hure Marae.

The young­sters thought they were do­ing a fundraiser when they ar­rived at the Pt Che­va­lier marae this month.

In­stead, 21 pupils from the Kings­land school’s Maori lan­guage unit were treated to lunch as part of Maori Tele­vi­sion’s up­com­ing cook­ing se­ries, Marae Kai Masters.

The se­ries has eight marae teams na­tion­wide com­pet­ing in chal­lenges to test their culi­nary skills and cre­ativ­ity.

The win­ning team will take home kitchen ap­pli­ances and cash for their home marae.

Year 8 pupil Ka­maea Hakaraia says the group thought the food was so good they even ate their veg­eta­bles.

‘‘It was tasty and I re­ally en­joyed it,’’ she says. ‘‘I wish my mum could cook like that.’’

Teacher Tere Ta­marua says it was al­ways ex­cit­ing for the tamariki to use their lan­guage and cul­ture in the com­mu­nity, and get­ting the free lunch was a great bonus.

‘‘This is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the tikanga,’’ she said.

The chal­lenge was to cook a nu­tri­tional, tasty lunch on a bud­get for the kapa haka kids.

It was pre­sented by Masterchef 2011 win­ner and di­eti­cian Na­dia Lim, who was im­pressed with what she saw.

‘‘These guys work with mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion. No-one is get­ting too stressed and they are great team work­ers.’’

Ms Lim, who used to work at Auck­land Di­a­betes Cen­tre, hopes Marae Kai Masters will have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing healthy eat­ing habits in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Di­a­betes is huge in the Maori com­mu­nity so I hope that the show will en­cour­age the teams to take sim­ple mes­sages home to their marae.

‘‘Peo­ple think that healthy eat­ing is com­pli­cated but it is re­ally sim­ple.’’

Photo: MAH­MOUD MONAZ

Good for you: Kowhai In­ter­me­di­ate School pupils dig in to lunch made by the team at Te Mahure­hure Marae as part of Maori Tele­vi­sion’s cook­ing se­ries, Marae Kai Masters.

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