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Māori Kai Festival

Māori Kai Festival

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  • Sat 18 Oct ’14, 9:00am – 1:00pm


Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Maugarongo, 140 Haverstock Road, Mt Albert Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Keen on hāngī food, raw fish, fried bread, seafood chowder and a good old boil-up? There’ll be plenty for your puku on Saturday October 18 at the Kai Festival, an annual fundraiser by Sandringham school Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Maungārongo.

Now in its fifth year, the festival showcases the very best of Māori food, says principal Dianne Pomare. Parents will be making and selling hangi meals and a range of other dishes including mussel fritters, seafood chowder, oysters, raw fish and fried bread.

And among those school parents will be some well-known faces. One is festival organiser Brent Mio, the presenter of Māori Televison’s popular talent quest Homai te Pakipaki; he has two children at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Maungārongo. Fellow Māori Televison host Toi Iti, who also has two children at the kura, will be on the hot dog stand. You’ll be able to buy coffee and hot chocolate from actors and directors Katie Wolfe (Shortland Street) and Tim Balme (The Almighty Johnsons), whose son attends the kura.

There will also be a bouncy castle for the kids, raffles and spot prizes, and live music. The Flava radio station van is due to pay a visit with goodies to give away.

Dianne Pomare says the festival follows the school’s “tried and true recipe for good fun – delicious food, music, activities for the kids and just enjoying family time together.”

The festival aims to raise funds for school amenities – this year, a van to transport the students to activities – and gives people a chance to see what happens in a kura kaupapa.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Maungārongo is a full-immersion reo Māori primary school that teaches Māori values, philosophies, principles and practices from year one to eight. It has 85 students. The school, established in 1987, has been on its present site since 1998.

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