Hangi is a tasty hit with keen Kiwi kai stu­dents

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

Mak­ing a hangi was a whole new cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence for many of the year 10 Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents who helped with the event last Thurs­day.

Pota­toes, ku­mara, pump­kin, cab­bage, chicken, beef, pork and a gen­er­ous amount of stuff­ing were low­ered into the ground at the Raun­gaiti Marae in Wa­haroa to feed 170 hun­gry stu­dents and teach­ers.

Mata­mata Col­lege food tech­nol­ogy teacher Peter Tuner said learn­ing how to make a hangi was part of one of the unit stan­dards, Kiwi kai, in this year’s cur­ricu­lum.

‘‘It was a rag­ing suc­cess,’’ Mr Turner said. ‘‘And hav­ing it at the marae is about reach­ing out to the com­mu­nity and en­gag­ing with peo­ple out­side school life.’’

Mr Turner said kau­matua Butch Tuhakaraina was in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing the day hap­pen and they were all de­lighted when a powhiri was per­formed for them on the marae.

The pit had been dug on the Wed­nes­day night and by 9.15am on Thurs­day the kai was in the ground and ready to be lifted by 1.10pm.

‘‘It was a real cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one. The day was all about learn­ing and con­sol­i­dat­ing class­room work with hand­son work.

‘‘This type of thing re­ally adds value to their school­ing,’’ Mr Turner said.

The Kiwi kai unit stan­dard helped stu­dents learn how Maori sur­vived and adapted in their new en­vi­ron­ment.

Stu­dents learnt about

the

foods Euro­peans brought with them and how this in­flu­enced the Maori diet from its orig­i­nal con­stituents. They fo­cused on foods that have be­come well-known Kiwi fare.

Mr Turner said that gaug­ing from the suc­cess and the stu­dents’ re­sponse there was no doubt he would re­peat the ex­pe­ri­ence with fu­ture year 10 classes.

Cul­tural Ex­pe­ri­ence: Mata­mata Col­lege year 10 food tech­nol­ogy stu­dents and their teacher Peter Turner learnt how to make a hangi.

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