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Feast Matariki 2024

Feast Matariki 2024

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This winter, from 19th to 27th June, we’re celebrating Kai Hau Kai as our inspiration for Feast Matariki.

For Ngāi Tahu, it was originally a way and place that people came together around food, celebrated abundance, feasted and traded excess. One of the features of these gatherings was a hakari or a stage upon which food was placed to emphasise abundance.

So in 2024, with Tīrama Mai, we’re going to recreate the stage at Te Matatiki Toi Ora / The Christchurch Arts Centre. It will be the focus for events there including The Hakari | Feast, The Shortest Hīkoi and our version of Kai Hau Kai.

We’re proud that our Ōtautahi events are led by Kaitaki Ngāio Cowell (Ngaati Te Ata Waiohua, Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Porou) and Reese Harrison (Ngāi Tahu).

Beyond Ōtautahi Christchurch, nationally we’re encouraging everyone to think about how food can be shared to ensure we all have enough, and about how reconnection and joy can be found in that sharing.

What are some of the ways we enjoy food without having money? What can we find, grow, and exchange skills and time for? How do we value relational wealth compared to other forms of wealth?

So nationally we’re launching Our Kai Stories, encouraging our tamariki and rangatahi, our young people, to share their kai stories about their culture and food ways.

And in the middle of Feast Matariki and winter we’re going to be celebrating The Shortest Meal on the shortest day of the year, June 21st. We’re inviting you to create a meal as well, lighting up our local food systems in times of darkness.

When we collect together and imagine a better place, we drive away despair and re-energise ourselves. We know there is a better way forward and we are going to celebrate it.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket, we will thrive

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand. @eat.newzealand #KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourFisher #EatNZGrains #GrowFoodCommunities #EatNZKaitaki #RepurposeTheSurplus #Biodiversity #FeastMatariki #TheShortestMeal #KaiHauKai

Ōtautahi Christchurch Events:

The Hakari | Feast

On Thursday 27th June, the night before the Matariki Public Holiday, we will be holding the cornerstone event of the 2024 Feast Matariki calendar - The Hakari | Feast.

Held in The Great Hall inside Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, this will be a very special evening to come together to feast. The crew from Base Food By Fire and guest chefs will be cooking over fire, showcasing some of our incredible kai and the stories of how it made it to our plate.

With just 100 seats available, this event will sell out fast! Tickets include a multi-course set menu and a drinks pairing with either alcoholic or non-alcoholic options.

Gather your whānau, friends and colleagues and secure your seats here.

This event is proudly supported by Kiwibank.

Get your Hakari | Feast Tickets TODAY!

Kai Hau Kai Event

What if you didn’t need money to get food? What if you could exchange your skill instead? We’re inviting people to join us for a ‘free feed’! There’s just a small hook. You have to bring along something you’ve grown, made or found to exchange it with the other diners.

In the spirit of Kai Hau Kai we’re acknowledging that everyone has something they can bring to the table. Food will be by the crew that is Base Food By Fire.

Kai Hau Kai: Bring Something to the Table

Saturday 22nd June 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Cloisters Studio, Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre Ōtautahi / Christchurch Get your tickets here.

Join us for Kai Hau Kai on Sat 22nd June

The Shortest Meal Hīkoi

Come along and join us in person for World Localisation Day and on the shortest day of the year here in Aotearoa. As we explore the local food scape with a hīkoi or walk and finish at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre for a delicious bite.

The Shortest Meal Hīkoi

Friday 21st June 4pm - 6pm

Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre

Secure your tickets to join the hīkoi here.

Come along to The Shortest Meal Hīkoi on Fri 21st June

Feast Matariki Nationally:

Our Kai Stories

Do you have a story about how you find or grow your food? If you’re 22 years or younger (or thereabouts), share your story with us and go in the draw to win some awesome prizes. They include gear to hunt, fish and dive with, courses about how to grow food, and much more.

More details here, follow us in the meantime on @OurKaiStories

The Shortest Meal

On the 21st June, it’s World Localisation Day and also the shortest day of the year, AND it’s Feast Matariki season, here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Celebrate with us by creating a meal from your local food system and share it with us!

It will be a great way to celebrate what you grow or find, small food producers, farmers markets and other retailers, community food projects or even just eating NZ-grown food for a day! More details to come!

Alex Morrissey

Olivia Johnson

Celebrating our Kaitaki

We've been super proud to see many of our Eat NZ Kaitaki being acknowledged for their mahi across the country recently:

The Outstanding Food Producer Awards:

Olivia Johnson (pictured above) of @wildchildfermentsnz won the 'Marvellous Marketing' Emerging Business Champion, presented in Tāmaki Makaurau in April, for her delicious Dilly Kraut, which she sells at the Amberley Farmers Market and online via her website.

Two of our Kaitaki also received Gold Medals including Raglan-based Hannah O'Brien of @huntandgatherbeeco for their Chai Spice Honey. As well as Tāmaki-Makaurau based Tom Hilton of @ao.cacao. Tom received four gold medals for his Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Ao Cacao range including: 94% Tablet Bar Samoa Single Origin Chocolate, Everything Gianduja and the 33% Wrights Dairy Milk, as well as two silver and a bronze medal.

The Organic NZ Awards 2024:

Alex Morrissey (pictured above) of @wearelittlefarms was named 2024 Emerging Leader of the Year Winner. The judges shared: "Alex champions organic farming, environmental sustainability, and community equity. She connects local organic growers, reduces food miles, and empowers communities through education and accessible produce. Alex’s work embodies a commitment to a healthier, fairer society."

Congratulations also to the Taranaki Farmers Market who took out Farmers' Market of the Year. These markets are managed by our Eat NZ Kaitaki - Siobhān Hemingway. Fellow Kaitaki Amber Matthews shared... "It's so amazing to see this young person bringing passion into a market that was struggling to grow and now has a vibrant vibe and is full of producers bringing good food to our community."

Love your work #EatNZKaitaki!

We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Our Land and Water & Foundation for Arable Research.


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