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That's a wrap on Feast Matariki 2022

That's a wrap on Feast Matariki 2022

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What an incredible journey @feastmatariki has been this year. From Tāmaki / Auckland to Awarua / Bluff it’s been an extraordinary privilege to work alongside mana whenua and tangata whenua to celebrate Matariki & the first indigenous public holiday in the world through kai / food.

Just writing those words makes me shake my head at the enormity of it all.

We have so many people to thank, but particularly Māori astronomer and Ngāi Tahu partner Tori Campbell. Also Eat NZ exec member Aimee Kaio. And other mātauranga Māori supporters and advisors including Hana O’Regan, Manaia Cunningham, Kelly Barry and Damaris Coulter.

All the Māori chefs and cooks who’ve so generously shared their understanding and kai with us, as well as the incredible mahika kai experts and food producers. And to the story-tellers, who through their kōrero, waiata, art and performances have shown us the extraordinary richness and depth of our food story here in Aotearoa.

It’s been a humbling, enlightening and joyous ten days for so many of us. We’re already working on the road map for next year but in the meantime we’d encourage everyone to embark on their own journey of wānanga or learning as we work towards true & meaningful partnership for our food story.

Rurukutia kā papaka o te whata

He haukai kei te aroaro

Bind together the boards of the storehouse

A feast is laid out before us

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand.

Head over to both @eat.newzealand and @feastmatariki to see more from the celebrations across the country.

A Phenomenal Feast in Ōtautahi

The Ōtautahi Feast Matariki was a wonderful way to celebrate community and connection during Matariki. With kai presented by Māori chefs Jonny Schwass (Ngāi Tahu) from Ilex and Eat NZ Kaitaki Josh Hunter (Ngati Tūwharetoa) from Whakapapa of Your Kai, supported by Mat Johns and Rod Thomson of Base Food By Fire and Nick Gill from Greystone Wines.

We were entertained by Junior Tana and the incredible Pūmau Productions whānau with waiata, kapa haka, poi and teachings. There was much aroha and respect in the room, the feedback is that people are feeling hopeful and inspired about the future of Matariki.

We look forward to the 2023 Fiery Feast in Ōtautahi / Christchurch

Show me more from the Fiery Feast in Ōtautahi

Matariki Mackenzie

It was a special weekend in Te Manahuna (the Mackenzie) as we came together in Takapō for Matariki Mackenzie - a festival of kai, culture and kōrero as we celebrated the rising of Matariki, under the cloak of the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve.

Chef and Eat New Zealand founder Giulio Sturla presented dinner alongside the helpings hands of Tim Heke and Ryan Brosnahan from the Arowhenua Marae in Temuka.

Alongside mana whenua, other special guests included; Stuart Nash (Minister of Tourism), Rino Tirikatene (MP for Te Tai Tonga), Tā Tipene O'Regan and Lady Sandra, The Honorary Margaret Austin, Minister Peeni Henare (Minister of Defence & Whānau Ora) and his wife Skye Kimura (CEO of Tatou).

There was tītī, crayfish, tuna/eel, salmon, artichokes, pumpkin, kūmara roasted in tītī fat and salt baked potatoes and yams. The kai was generous and nourishing.

See more from the Matariki Mackenzie festival here.

Mahika Kai Learnings

As part of Matariki Mackenzie Festival and our wider Feast Matariki Programme, there was an exciting opportunity to hear from mahika kai experts on the Saturday...

Dr Mike Stevens is a Kāi Tahu historian with a special interest in Tītī/muttonbird, his whānau still participate in the seasonal tītī harvest and are well-known for their continued use of pōhā, a traditional store basket designed to preserve the tītī (pictured below.)

Joseph Hullen (Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāti Hinematua) is a hunter-gatherer and an expert in all things tuna/eel, he shared stories about the hours of patience that it takes to respectfully harvest tuna and what motivates him to continue to harvest.

These experts were supported by chef Giulio Sturla who prepared a selection of tuna and tītī dishes allowing guests to taste - many for the first time.

I'd like to see more highlights from the Mahika Kai Demo...

Feasting at Te Rau Aroha Marae

A wonderful Feast Matariki event took place in Awarua / Bluff at the beautiful Te Rau Aroha Marae. A team was led by two of our Eat NZ Kaitaki - Dan Tarrant and Ethan Flack, as well as Hayz and Jamie in the kitchen. The dinner brought together people from throughout Southland / Murihiku / Southland over delicious kai.

The evening was supported by Eat New Zealand, Ngāi Tahu and Great South.

The kai selection included Awarua tio repe (Bluff oysters), kōura (crayfish), kūtai (mussels) and pāua.

See more action over on our IG Story Highlights here.

Pacific Cacao & Chocolate 2022

We're excited to see this event come to life this year. It's set be an amazing celebration of the Pacific’s cacao and chocolate history, from cultivation into craft chocolate.

There will be a range of exhibitors on show, as well as an evening event for the VIP Cacao Awards.

Saturday 23rd July: 9am - 3.30pm

Mt Smart Stadium, 2 Beasley Avenue, Auckland

Find out more info and get yours ticket here.

We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including the Ministry for Primary Industries, Our Land and Water, AgResearch, Anchor Food Professionals & Foundation for Arable Research.


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