The good people at Te Hana Te Ao Marama Marae are rolling out the welcome mat, and inviting manuhiri to enjoy a celebration of food and song, of kaimoana, kōrero, kapa haka and kaitiakitanga, all in a hospitable marae setting.
Just an hour north of Auckland in Te Hana, experience the values of manaakitanga, whakawhanaungatanga, and kaitiakitanga as urban and rural communities are brought together in this showcase of cultural vitality.
Starting with a traditional pōwhiri, guests will be welcomed on to the marae where the marae ātea will burst into life with kapa haka and waiata, all part of this lively zero-waste event.
Make your way to the marae's wharekai where you’ll be amazed by the incredible range of delicious kai being served, much of it kaimoana, to be followed by a kapa haka concert in the wharenui.
Some highlights from the menu:
Kaipara oysters in the half shell; smoked Kaipara mullet; Kaipara flounder, slow baked in cream; raw fish in coconut cream; seafood chowder; scallops and king prawns in garlic butter; tempura fish; baked whole snapper; seafood fritters with sour cream and sweet chilli; and fresh mussels done several different ways.
There’ll also be traditional fried bread, hot hāngī vegetables, and a variety of tasty healthy salads not to mention loads of deserts and beverages.
If that list of delicacies hasn’t set your puku purring, wait till you get a whiff of the delicious aromas emanating from the wharekai.
Now in its second year, because last year’s event was so popular, you can guarantee that everything will be reka which, if you didn’t know, means delicious!