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Uncovering a hāngī

Uncovering a hāngī

One way in which Māori traditionally cooked food was in an earth oven or hāngī. Large quantities of food could be cooked by steaming it over hot stones in a pit, which was then covered in. It is still customary for Māori to ‘put down a hāngī’ when large crowds have to be fed. Here the hāngī has been opened and the food is ready for serving. The event, in 1974, was part of a programme exposing students to different cultural experiences.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1974/3105/10

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John Wilson, 'Society - Food, drink and dress', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 March 2024)

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