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A hāngī at New Year 2003, Coolangatta

A hāngī at New Year 2003, Coolangatta

The Tareha family gather for a hāngī (earth-oven) feast at their home in Queensland. Wherever Māori are found in groups around the world, families and friends gather for celebrations. They often make a day of it and dig a hāngī pit in the back yard. A fire is lit to heat a pile of stones until white hot. The hot embers and ash are then removed and baskets of food are placed on the stones. Wet cloth and sacks are put on top, and the pit is covered with dirt. Hours later the dirt is removed followed by the sacks, cloth and finally baskets. The steamed food is shared around.

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Carl Walrond, 'Māori overseas - Retaining Māori culture in Australia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1335/a-hangi-at-new-year-2003-coolangatta (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005