Hangi is a tasty hit with keen Kiwi kai students
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
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.