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Feast Matariki 2021 Update - May

Feast Matariki 2021 Update - May

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28.05.2021

While the weather’s been cooling down, things are heating up for us here at Eat New Zealand in preparation for the Matariki season, and Feast Matariki. It always excites me to think we have the opportunity to celebrate something that is uniquely Aotearoa (while acknowledging our Pacific whānau as well). It’s been a big personal journey for me to understand how we can uplift and celebrate this time of year without appropriating another culture. I suspect I’m not alone thinking about this. We’ve all been asked to make Matariki a national celebration by acknowledging the public holiday next year, but it’s important this is Māori led. I’m so grateful for some amazing humans who’ve helped my understanding and look forward to working in partnership with them so we can signal to our communities and the world that we have something special to say, and a unique food place to stand as Aotearoa. If you’re also on a journey of understanding about Matariki, I’d highly recommend starting with Professor Rangi Matamua and his resources.

You can find them here; https://livingbythestars.co.nz/ Remember if you have a Matariki event planned that includes food, make sure you tell us so we can add it to our list of events!

Mmmm, Matariki and Food, take me there!

I want to help people Feast this Matariki, how do I do that?

We know our hospitality businesses are doing it tough, particularly with a shortage of staff, but we also know you love spending time helping people feel good and celebrating our amazing food and drink with massive dollops of Manaaki. This year for Feast Matariki we are encouraging everyone to spend their effort supporting and uplifting Māori food, chefs, hospitality, producers, fishers and food businesses. Ok, give me some ways to do this….

  • Seek out and use ingredients provided by Māori businesses. We’re working on a list to help you with that, but let us know if you have names to share as well.
  • Make connection with your local iwi, work out what they are doing and try support their Matariki efforts. Remember, they don’t owe you understanding or time, but might be up for sharing both if you’re prepared to roll your sleeves up and offer some support, resources or help.
  • Collab an event with a young Māori chef, food producer, artist or story-teller.
  • Use your efforts to support local charities, environmental groups and anyone who might need your help at this time of year. Understand that helping others increases how good you feel about yourself and the world around you.
  • Pull your whānau and/or community together around a big table, tell stories, sing songs, laugh, marvel at the incredible part of the world find ourselves in, feast.

Tell us about your Feast Matariki event plans!

What Aotea can teach us all...

A few weeks ago our CE Angela Clifford was invited to Aotea/Great Barrier Island to talk to the community about food as part of their 'Off The Grid' festival. She joined a formidable panel alongside Chlöe Swarbrick (MP for Auckland Central), Alan Brent (Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at Victoria University) & 'Green' Jon Morgan (Zero Waste Network) and facilitated by Alec Tang (Sustainability lead at Kāinga Ora). She quickly discovered that "this island was a fascinating microcosm of the New Zealand Food System". Take a look at what else she learnt along the way...

Read Angela's Aotea / Great Barrier Island story

Harvest by our Kaitaki. #EatNZ


We're just coming to the end of harvest season, a time of gathering, preserving, connection and sharing. Over the last few months we asked our Eat New Zealand Kaitaki - a collective of young New Zealand food storytellers - to share a bit about what Harvest in Aotearoa means to them. Here's what they had to say....

Southland's Longwood Loop

What could re-localising our food look like? How about a localised rural online farmers market! The South Coast Environment Society in Riverton are working hard to establish a system to re-build community by encouraging supplying and buying locally - to keep both produce and profit within the region.

But they need our help!

Only a fraction of the food supply available in the region comes from Southland, the majority is shipped from all over NZ and the rest of the world. The Longwood Loop will allow food growers and producers to access 10,000 locally based customers, through an online farmers market platform and delivered by an electric van from ‘trading posts’ in each township.

They currently have $36,000 but need another $12,000 before the end of May to secure electric van for this game-changing project. This type of model has the potential to be replicated throughout Aotearoa – but they need your help to get things moving…

Support the Longwood Loop Pledge Me Campaign!

Thank you to our Supporters

Thank you to our legendary supporters who choose to make a monthly contribution so we can continue to work towards a better, stronger and more resilient food landscape throughout Aotearoa. If you're interested in joining the whānau you can become a supporter here. And remember if you’re interested in partnering with us, don't hesistate to get in touch and we can send you more info... angela@eatnewzealand.nz

I'm ready to join the Eat New Zealand Supporters whānau!

Food Hui 2021. 27th-28th Sept. Christchurch.


Save the date and put it in your calendar, so you don't miss being part of the most important food conversation in Aotearoa. Venue details coming soon.
Feast Matariki 2021 is made possible thanks to the support of Potatoes NZ, Aquaculture NZ and Anchor Professionals and Stuff.co.nz as our media partner who have chosen to lean in and help tell our Matariki stories.




As always we'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including ANZ, the Restaurant Association and the Ministry for Primary Industries.






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