Ter­race End­hangi a hit

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY - GINA CAR­LINE

When they were un­able to visit a marae this year Ter­race End School de­cided to bring a bit of Maori cul­ture into their own backyard.

The Palmer­ston North school put down a hangi on March 11 as part of a cul­tural and team build­ing ex­er­cise.

Prin­ci­pal Sue Al­lomes said it was the first hangi the school had held in more than 10 years.

‘‘The marae we usu­ally take the kids to was af­fected by last year’s flood­ing and it is still re­cov­er­ing so we thought we would have a hangi in­stead.’’

Stu­dents helped pre­pare the hangi and or­gan­is­ers made sure Maori tra­di­tions were up­held. Boys from the school helped to dig the pit while girls helped pre­pare the veg­eta­bles.

The chil­dren also de­cided what kind of food was cooked at the hangi, with pork, lamb and chicken all on the menu, as well as pump­kin, ku­mara, pota­toes, fried bread and stuff­ing.

Two chief hole dig­gers, Jerome Rang­hanu-Slade and Boyd Bat­tersy, both 10, found the work dif­fi­cult but fun.

‘‘It was re­ally hard work and we kept dig­ging up stones,’’ said Jerome, while Boyd stated, ‘‘We had to put the wood in the hole too, and that was back-break­ing work.’’

Mere­tiana King, Ana­hera Piki­maui and Ay­vah Moeahu, all 10, also en­joyed their time in the kitchen peeling veg­eta­bles for the feast.

‘‘I’d rather do this than go to visit the marae,’’ said Ay­vah, who started pre­par­ing with the other girls at about 10am.

‘‘It was re­ally hard work and we kept dig­ging up stones’’ Jerome Rang­hanu-Slade

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Pupils at Ter­race End School en­joy their hangi.

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