Story: Māori feasts and ceremonial eating – hākari

Hākari stage

Hākari stage

This giant hākari (feast) stage was in the Bay of Islands in 1849. These stages could hold significant amounts of food and were an important way to illustrate the wealth, in food, of a local tribe.

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Reference: 1995-0003-1
Watercolour by Richard Aldworth Oliver

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Basil Keane, 'Māori feasts and ceremonial eating – hākari - 19th-century hākari', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40556/hakari-stage (accessed 18 June 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013