Healthy kai easy to make
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.’’
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.