Finding out about early kai

Our learning this year is based on the Māori proverb: Naku te rourou, nau te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. (With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.) This means that although we have differences, we each bring important qualities that will make our class a better place of learning.

We looked at this Māori proverb and thought about some of the things that we shared as Pacific New Zealanders (what we had in common) and found that food was one of the most common.
Taro is one of the foods we found was consumed by all of the different groups that exists in our classroom.

Taro is an important part of all Pacific cultures. It is one of the common foods found in all of the Pacific people. Everywhere we look, each of the cultures have their own unique way of planting, cooking and eating this staple.

The way that we cook taro has only changed a little bit since the early days. The use of a hangi or umu is still very popular in this day and age. However, we now have electricity and gas which allows us to cook this staple in the comfort of our houses.

This is our journey into discovering taro in its entirety. We would like to acknowledge Mr. Ryan and Mr. Petaia for all their help during this learning. Malo lava, oue tulou and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Miss Lui and Room A4 students.