Alessandra Zecchini: Te Waka Kai Ora, cooking with a hangi, traditional Maori earth oven

Alessandra Zecchini: Te Waka Kai Ora, cooking with a hangi, traditional Maori earth oven

The hangi or "earth oven" is the traditional way that Māori cook food for large gatherings.

The hangi or "earth oven" is the traditional way that Māori cook food for large gatherings.

A traditional Maori Hangi recreated for a Maori dinner party.

A traditional Maori Hangi recreated for a Maori dinner party.

Maori Hangi, Rotorua, NZ -   "Laying a hangi" describes the preparation of this traditional feast. A large hole is filled with stones and heated with a fire. Then large baskets of kumara, potatoes, chicken, mutton and sausages are laid in and covered with cloth and a layer of sand. Left overnight to cook the hangi was opened in early afternoon and served out to the visiting crowds.

Maori Hangi, Rotorua, NZ - "Laying a hangi" describes the preparation of this traditional feast. A large hole is filled with stones and heated with a fire. Then large baskets of kumara, potatoes, chicken, mutton and sausages are laid in and covered with cloth and a layer of sand. Left overnight to cook the hangi was opened in early afternoon and served out to the visiting crowds.

Shows Maori women harvesting what is probably kumara, ca 1910.

Shows Maori women harvesting what is probably kumara, ca 1910.

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