Story: Te mahi kai – food production economics

Hākari for displaying food

Hākari for displaying food

This huge hākari stage was built to hold food for a massive feast in the Bay of Islands in 1849. While it is unclear whether these stages were designed before or after European arrival, they illustrate the importance attached to displays of wealth. An iwi (tribe) or hapū (sub-tribe) holding a feast displayed the food to emphasise its abundance – effectively a display of mana.

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Manuka Henare, 'Te mahi kai – food production economics - Roles and mana', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/20271/hakari-for-displaying-food (accessed 23 September 2020)

Story by Manuka Henare, published 24 Nov 2008