School Hangi – Matariki Celebration

Despite the heavy rain and challenging conditions our school hangi was a great success. A real example of ‘community spirit’. Families coming together and doing the mahi to provide our tamariki with a hangi. For many children this was a first experience. They loved it!!  The food was delicious.

Over the last couple of week’s our children have been learning about the meaning of Matariki. In classes the children have been building strong Whanaungatanga (relationships) and Manaakitanga (hospitality/care and respect) with and for one another. These two concepts are strongly valued here at Havelock North. Primary. They have had the opportunity to work in their whanau groups and do activities such as cleaning vegetables, learning about a Hangi, playing games together, using rakau sticks, singing waiata etc.

A huge thank you to an outstanding group of parents who have provided their time, worked together and organised our hangi. A special mention to Jason Hammond, Jason Kupa, Tim and Naomi Barley, James Clairmont, Chrystal Kanana, Euan McGhie and Steve Mill for your amazing work.

We also received generous donations of food meaning the Hangi was free for everyone. Micheal Reid (Vegeez family business) provided all the vegetables, Jason Hammond and Duncan Bruce provided the lamb, Richard and Andie Lucas (Havelock New World) for providing the chicken drumsticks, bread and butter for the stuffing. The watercress came from James Clairmont, while Tristian Seccombe (Mitre 10) organised the chiller and foil trays for us. Also to the group of parent helpers who helped in the hall to serve the food and clean up. This experience will be a lasting memory for many tamariki.