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We were celebrating the rise of Matariki this morning here on The Food Farm, in North Canterbury. After listening to Professor Rangi Matamua on Living By The Stars, we created our version of a Te Whāngai i ngā whetū or ‘feeding the stars’.
After the recent floods in Canterbury it’s still too wet to use an umu or ground oven so the wood oven sufficed. We prepared a pot of ingredients grown here; potatoes, chicken, carrots, tomato passata and herbs. We opened the pot letting the steam rise to the sky, said a karakia, ate some of the food to lift the tapu and then buried some in the ground. This beautiful, simple ceremony gave thanks for the year of food this farm has given us. See it all unfold on IG stories here.
As a family, we hope you also find a way to celebrate the rise of Matariki...
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