Kiwi fes­tive feast

New menu adds ease

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Any­one who’s cooked a full Christ­mas din­ner un­der the New Zealand sum­mer sun has had the same thought: there must be an eas­ier way.

So Pa­pakowhai’s Christ­mas an­gel Tanya Macdon­ald has de­cided to make her com­mu­nity fes­tive meal an al­to­gether more re­laxed, Kiwi af­fair, ban­ish­ing the turkey and fir­ing up the bar­be­cue.

Mother-of-three Mrs Macdon­ald hosted the first com­mu­nity Christ­mas feast last year, feed­ing 65 lo­cals at St Mary’s church in Whitby.

Her vi­sion was to pro­vide for the com­mu­nity and teach her three daugh­ters the true mean­ing of Christ­mas, she says.

‘‘I thought, you know, Christ­mas Day isn’t about open­ing presents, it’s really im­por­tant that I teach my kids that it’s all about serv­ing.’’

Peo­ple from all walks of life at­tended the lunch.

‘‘We had a lovely lady who had spent the last 30 Christ­mases alone,’’ Mrs Macdon­ald says. ‘‘There is a need in this com- mu­nity on Christ­mas.’’

Last year’s meal was a tra­di­tional spread – ham, turkey, roast veg­eta­bles, the lot. As many of the vol­un­teers were church­go­ers, they had to have lunch roast­ing in var­i­ous ovens dur­ing the morn­ing ser­mon.

‘‘It was an ab­so­lute mis­sion,’’ Mrs Macdon­ald says. ‘‘It went really, really well but I have to say it was really hard lo­gis­ti­cally.’’

This year the menu is much more mod­ern – ba­con, eggs, hash browns and sausages, all cooked on a bar­be­cue. ‘‘ I thought, let’s make it brunch, be­cause it’s eas­ier, so we’re go­ing to do it on the bar­bie,’’ Mrs Macdon­ald says.

Mrs Macdon­ald is reach­ing out to peo­ple to at­tend the brunch, and to su­per­mar­kets and com­mu­nity groups to do­nate food, funds, gifts or time to the project.

‘‘My vi­sion is com­mu­nity for com­mu­nity, so I want com­mu­nity to pro­vide for com­mu­nity,’’ she says. ‘‘I am ex­pect­ing great things.’’

Fired up: Pa­pakowhai’s Tanya Macdon­ald has her tongs at the ready for her com­mu­nity Christ­mas bar­be­cue at Mun­gavin Hall this year.

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