Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Hangi Bill's 20th anniversary celebration
When your caretaker says that he wants to celebrate 20 years at our school by organising the hangi himself and by respecting tikanaga as closely as possible, you sit up and listen.
We fed 430 people with a huge variety of kai: wild pork, venison, lamb, beef, pork, mussels, eel, salads, paua, veges, paua patties and my favourite steamed puddings and ice cream. Everything done in the hangi except the ice cream. The children did the vege preparation and the majority of the steam pudding preparation. This was part of their learning for the term about pre-European settlement in New Zealand and some of the events leading up to and beyond Te Tiriti o Waitangi. if you have not tasted Bill's hangi baked steamed puddings you have not lived.
The children learned a lot by hands-on, get in and do it and observe the traditions. This was the focus of their learning in the day and the had the opportunity to see it all come together in context.
Our beautiful staff serve the community with the kai and that means so much for all of us in terms of how we view our community and our partnership with them.