Pies from the ground up

Eyes on the pie: Mana Tāhuna project lead Pene Rewi with a box of hāngī pies

Talk about an underground pie.

Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust has diversified, selling hāngī pies in collaboration with Auckland-based Hāngī Master.

But the pies, containing pork or chicken, potato, kumara, pumpkin, cabbage, stuffing and a watercress gravy, are just a taste of things to come.

Hāngī Master boss Rewi Spraggon says working with Mana Tāhuna, they’re planning to set up a hāngī pit, near Queenstown’s CBD, later this
year.

Hāngī is a traditional method of Māori cooking, in which food is steamed over hot coals in baskets in underground ovens.

Spraggon says bringing the authentic cuisine to Queenstown is ‘‘a dream come true’’, and will enable residents and visitors to experience a truly authentic taste of Aotearoa.

Mana Tāhuna CEO Mike Rewi says the collaboration’s ‘‘more than just a business venture’’.

‘‘It’s a commitment to celebrate and preserve our heritage in a way that we can celebrate our culture with people of all backgrounds.’’

Punters keen for a box of 12 hāngī pies — which cost $60 — can email [email protected].

They can be picked up at noon every Friday from Mana Tāhuna, at 5 Sutherland Lane, Frankton.

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