Story: Māori feasts and ceremonial eating – hākari

Feast at Matatā

At this feast at Matatā in the Bay of Plenty in the mid-19th century, food is conspicuously displayed. Fish, possibly shark, is being dried, and baskets of food have been put on the whata (stage).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0014-36
Hand-coloured lithograph by George French Angas

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Basil Keane, 'Māori feasts and ceremonial eating – hākari - 19th-century hākari', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 February 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013