Kia ora Koutou.
Kia ora Koutou. I live in Hakatere, Ashburton, this is my first Whangai i te Hautapu ceremony. The picture above is my small hangi offering up to Matariki tonight. It has pork, beef, chicken, lamb, kumara, pumpkin(from my friends garden) mushrooms,carrots(from my whanau in Gizzy) potatoes(from Methven) cabbage, stuffing, mussels and steam pudding. We also cooked another larger hangi to share (kai gas cooker, ground too wet)The super market didn't have any fresh water fish so to honour Waiti, we have replaced 2 of 3 leaking taps in our Whare (the 3rd one is a bit of a big job). In the morning I will attend a viewing of Matariki with the Ashburton Astronomy club. Watching the steam from the hangi rise up into the night sky was a beautiful moment, offering up the names of my passed loved ones was even more beautiful ❤✨🙏.