Story: South Africans

Steven and Valda Scheckter in their shop

Steven and Valda Scheckter in their shop

Dedicated food emporia, such as the Scheckters’ Petone shop (photographed in 2004), import South African products. These foods cater to expatriates’ cravings and introduce New Zealanders to new flavours. Products such as Mrs Ball’s Chutney, Rooibos Tea and Ouma Rusks may be unfamiliar to most New Zealanders, but for South Africans they provide a culinary and sentimental link with their home country. Strangely, Marmite is also imported, as the South African recipe differs from the New Zealand product.

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Carl Walrond, 'South Africans - Culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015