One of the things we heard from mana whenua is that Matariki is a time for tāne to shine at cooking. Can you tell us more about this?
As I said, no one touches the hāngī cooker in my whare. I’m not entirely sure what tikanga exists around tāne and kai but that is a responsibility that I carry out on a regular basis.
I cook for my partner and kids regularly, it’s something I enjoy doing. In terms of Matariki and how I go about things, I find the quiet time outside with the stars is really helpful for me, to have time to reflect and ponder over things. I also hope that this is passed down to future generations in my whānau, especially my son.