Terrace Endhangi a hit
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
Pupils at Terrace End School enjoy their hangi.