Modern Matariki Hāngī with Joe McLeod inside the Begonia House at Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā.
Kia ora koutou na Mōrehu o Te Whanganui a Tara kua tae atu, ki tēnei o taku hotaka, Te Pae Umu Marumaru o Ngāi Māori, tihei mauri ora. It is with honour and privilege that Joe presents a Native Māori Food Art form once practised daily on the Pā now known as a Marae during pre-European times. Joe will introduce to you, native plants used in the cooking of the food, native plants specific to the foods, and the foods specifically cooked inside the Umu, various other Umu used by the old Māori chef known as the "Tohunga Tumau", to enjoy the outcome and a meal for you to experience.
Joe McLeod is on a mission to revitalise Aotearoa’s traditional Maori cuisine. Inside the lush Begonia House, Joe will tantalise your tastebuds with amazing natural foods prepared in a traditional way with a modern twist. Drawing on decades of experience you will learn about how native plant flavours can enhance cooking and your health.
Includes lunch meal and presentation followed by time for questions.
The Begonia House doors open at 11.45am with a 12noon start.
***Add-on bonus experience***
Before the Hāngī try your hands at Raurau Raranga - Weaving Plates with Linda Lee and Frank Topia
9.30am – 11.30am | Learning Pavilion
Tickets $15 (add on to Modern Matariki Hāngī with Joe McLeod ticket)
Nāu te raurau, nāku te raurau, ka ora ai te iwi.
With my basket and your basket the people will thrive.
Linda Lee (Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Tākoto, Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa) and Frank Topia (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Haua).
Nau mai haere mai, you are welcome to attend an introduction to weaving with harakeke (flax). You will walk away with a woven plate at the end of the class. Rongoā (Māori healing) tea will be provided.
Bring a bag to take you plate home in after the hāngī.
If you have accessibility needs, please contact the Treehouse Visitor Centre, 04 499 1400.