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The Shortest Day of the Year!

The Shortest Day of the Year!

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For the shortest day of the year, it is a big one for us!

We’re asking everyone to celebrate ‘The Shortest Meal’, making a dish that supports our local food producers and system, sharing it on social media. It’s all part of World Localisation Day - Friday 21st June! We’ve kicked things off with a few delicious meals that celebrate #EatNZGrains over on Instagram here.

We also begin our Feast Matariki celebrations in Ōtautahi Christchurch with The Shortest Hīkoi, led by Mahika Kai expert Makarini Rupene, who is set to take us on a fascinating walk around the central city to learn more about the Te ao Māori food scape there.

Tomorrow, we host Kai Hau Kai, an event that acknowledges the idea that everyone has something to bring to the table, and that we don’t need to have money to have kai. This event is also sold out, and we are looking forward to seeing the beautiful exchange that happens as our guests share things they have grown, made or found.

But don’t fear, there are a handful of tickets left for next Thursday’s event - Hakari | The Feast held in The Great Hall at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.

The menu by Chef and Eat NZ Kaitaki Josh Hunter (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), has been designed in a deeply personal and meaningful way, his version of Kai Māori. It includes four courses, five starters, a whole poaka and many twists and surprises. You’ll also be entertained by the talented duo; KP and Savannah!

Tickets are just $145 including a drinks match (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), with a range of beverages produced from Māori winemakers from within our Eat NZ Kaitaki and wider whānau:

  • Lilli Apple Cider - by Will Bowman (Ngāpuhi)
  • Te Whare Ra Toru Field Blend - by Jason Flowerday (Te Atiawa o Te Waka-a-Maui)
  • Tawhiti Sangiovese - by Matua Murupaenga (Ngati Kuri, Ngati Kahu)
  • Huntress Wines Syrah - by Jannine Rickards (Ngāpuhi & Ngā te Rangi)

For those of you not in Ōtautahi, we hope you will join us in celebrating The Shortest Meal, sharing Our Kai Stories and ensuring kai and whānau are at the core of your Matariki celebrations this year.

Matariki whetu hei kai. Mānawatia a Matariki!

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand. @eat.newzealand

Don't miss tickets to Hakari | The Feast - Thurs 27th June
Learn more about celebrating The Shortest Meal!

Don't miss The Hakari Feast

Last chance to join us at The Hakari | Feast on Thursday 27th June at 6pm in The Great Hall at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.

Get your tickets here.

This event is proudly supported by Kiwibank & Greenwood Roche.

Our Kai Stories

Don't forget to encourage the rangatahi in your life to share their stories with us on ‘Our Kai Stories’!

If you know of young people who love finding, cooking or growing food, we'd love to see their photos, videos, stories or poems about their kai experience. Every entry will be in to win weekly prizes (cash and spot prizes).

They simply need to upload it to Instagram and tag @ourkaistories & @eat.newzealand OR email it through to us: hello@eat.newzealand.nz

Damaris Coulter Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa of @therealnessworld has been sharing some awesome kōrero and kai resources over on the @OurKaiStories Instagram page - so head over and check it out!

Follow the action over on @OurKaiStories!

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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