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Umu Marumaru

Ready to be cooked. Bottom basket lined with New Zealand Herbs and Spices for the meats. middle basket lined with New Zealand native ferns for the potatoes, Sweet potato, pumpkin, native green, the top basket lined with broad wide leafed herbs, fresh water fish, seafood, shellfish, prawns, seasoning, under the top ferns.. steamed puddings...  

Marae Kai Masters

Here is a demonstration how I put everything together as explained above on Marae Kai Masters TV show April 13, 2016 

I have attached for you a Maara Kai presentation plan as explained in the Marae Kai Masters TV Show to ​give you an idea of the program
Presenter - Joe McLeod
Tohunga Tumau - Master Chef
Maara Kai - Rongoa - Raranga - Whatu - Whakairo - Tukutuku
Umu Marumaru
Traditional Maori  
Food
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Day One

  • Introduction to Traditional Maori Food 
  • Karakia, whakapapa, tikana part 1
  • Linking native plants to cooking food
  • Experience traditional food preparation  
  • Presenting another side to our food culture 
  • Different ways to present food on the Marae
  • Native plants sets the scene in the wharekai
  • Marae good host principles and practices

Day Two  

  • The traditional Maara Kai garden
  • Karakia, whakapapa, tikana part 2
  • Weaving for the kitchen Master Class 
  • Traditional Maara Kai Master Class
  • Contemporary Maara Kai Master Class
  • Maara Kai Garden Master Class
  • Preparing and sharing a Maara Kai meal
  • Open Forum Q & A's 

Hearing about the introduction to traditional Maori foods gathered from our streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, forests, open fields, basic Maori food presentations, history of Maori food, presenting how foods were prepared in the traditional way as close as we can was very educational, brilliant - Chef John Kramer
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 WHAT OTHER ATTENDEES HAD TO SAY
What an experience, I don't know anyone who knows what to get to cook a Maori kai anymore. My mum knew but she never taught us how. When I saw what Joe was picking I only knew those things as weeds but when they were cooked in the Umu and presented in a typical Maori way. Wow - Justine Hake
I first met Joe at a CD meeting, I introduced myself, invited Joe to our venue, Joe introduced to us traditional Maori Kai. A new Strand for our 20 year replanting project was setup, the rest is now history and the program speaks for itself, there is no other like it taught anywhere in New Zealand - Bill Rawiri - Nga Hau E Wha O Papararangi Marae 
Tino pai tenei wananga, kahore he tangata i runga ake i a koe ki te whakahaere tenei taketake Maara kai.   we would love to have you and your ropu come to our marae to present this kaupapa. Your knowledge was priceless and your delivery, can't speak highly enough   - Orongomai Marae
Absolutely amazing and wonderful what you shared and demonstrated to us today. Ae we would really like to learn more. Tino pai o mahi ki te tunu Maara Umu marumaru mo matou. Your knowledge and delivery awesome
 Tatau O Te Po Marae
The maara kai presentation you did for Us was amazing. Thank you bro for an awesome presentation, there were a few of us who, before you started were skeptical as, soon as you started putting everything together in te Reo and English, sharing your stories, and you  opened that umu bro, awesome - Mervyn Kerehoma - Orakei Marae, Auckland  
Ae, pai te rongo ki nga korero me nga tikana e pa ana ki te maara kai. I would be very interested to attend another one of these workshop presentations. Ka tino whakae ahau ki tenei kaupapa mo tatou nei rangatahi, Iwi Maori hoki - Shanna Butler 
Very impressive, there is a lot of information that we as Maori don't know about for our traditional Maori food. It would be very educational for us to know what our people did back then, I would be very interested to attend more workshops/wananga  - A Peka / Upper Hutt 
Tino rawe o mahi Joe, ka nui nga mihi kia koe me to whanau o Te Kakano me te Marae o Nga Hau E Wha o Papararangi. Me haramai koe ki to tatau Marae kia kite ai nga ringawera me tatau hoki nga kaumatua ki o mahi tuturu - Muri Luke - Waiwhetu Marae, Lower Hutt 
This Maara Kai Kaupapa was Unique   and a pleasure to attend. I learned more at this kaupapa about Maori tikana, karakia, whakapapa and wairuatanga for Maori Kai for the first time that was properly explained and the presenter was professional, experienced, passionate and very well versed  - Thomas Reisinger - Te Horo/Levin
Tino marama ki te korerotanga  a me tera hoki kua tino marama ki te ngako o te kaupapa. He kaupapa nui tenei mo nga  whanau e haiahia ana ki te whai mohio ki te kato kai, te tunu kai me tera ki te tunu kai pai hei aronga mo te tinana. Kua tautokotia au ki tenei kauapa    - Rev Hariata Haumate - Te Kakano Marae 
Very inspiring, the Maori Food history, display table, loaded with medicine plants, books, teaching aides, tools, talking pieces and ornaments from NZs past used by Maori of old and the early settlers. The presentation was delivered by an expert in this field and I want to acknowledge that - Chef John Economo - Thailand  
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I was fortunate enough to grow up in an area and in an era where all around the marae, the place was full of traditional talent and skilled practitioners and masters of the old school. Our language Te Reo Maori was the talk of the time all day every day and the skills they handed down. My work is a tribute to them, they taught us, to love nature, live by nature and be thankful for Gods Creation in karakia, tikanatanga, whakapapa, wairuatanga, manaakitanga, matauranga and Aroha....   Joe McLeod    

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