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Tupuānuku Food Stall at The Tūhoe Ahurei

A goal of mine this year is to set up Tupuānuku at 10 Food Markets. I never thought that my mother and I would be attending a big event like the Tūhoe Ahurei on just our third appearance. Prior to this event we had only set up at the Ohope Craft Market which would be lucky to get a few hundred people passing through.

The Tūhoe Ahurei is a festival that thousands of people gather together to watch and enjoy kapa haka and sports. All of the teams that participate in this event are hapu (sub-tribe) of which make up the iwi of Tūhoe.

This is a massive privileged space to be in and it was great opportunity to be apart of such an iconic event. I am proud to be Māori and kaupapa Māori (Māori events) is the ideal space for Tupuānuku to be in, as Maōri are the targeted audience of whom we would like serve. This drive comes from the fact that sadly Māori are at the forefront of bad health statistics, such as heart disease, diabetes and even things like suicide. Food plays a major role in achieving those kinds of results and the food that is generally sold at kaupapa like this isn't helping to minimising them what so ever.

Tupuānuku aims to provide an alternative choice that encourages health and well being through having kai that is not only nutritious, but also tasty and inviting for whanau to enjoy.

The following is what we served,

* Granola w/ Coconut Yoghurt & Blueberries

* Cocoa & Peanut Butter Bliss Balls

* Kamokamo, Chickpea & Edamame Bean Salad

* Broccoli, Cranberry & Wild Rice Salad

Tupuānuku was received well by everyone. We sold out of our salads by 1pm, received tremendous positive feedback and had a lot of great learnings. We have had a debrief and discussed ways we can improve our work for the next time we get the chance to weave into more kaupapa Māori.

Thank to everyone who came to get some our plant based goodness and even to those who came to purely show support, it is all overwhelming and humbling. Nothing but love and good vibes going out to you all and we hope to see you again.

Below is a short video of our experience. Hope you enjoy! :)

Ngā mihi,

Raniera R


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