Traditional Māori cookery centred on the hāngī or umu (earth oven). This hāngī was laid down in Northland some time in the 1910s for a crowd of Māori and Pākehā diners. Wrapped parcels of food and corn-on-the-cob are in the large woven basket to the right and meat is heaped in the middle. The kete (flax baskets) would have been filled with the food and handed out to each person.
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