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Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai Web (Full Length Episodes) – 2015 Māori Lifestyle

Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai

Web (Full Length Episodes) – 2015 Māori Lifestyle

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Te Waipounamu (the South Island) provides the picturesque backdrop for this Ngāi Tahu web series about mahinga kai (food gathering). Tangata whenua are interviewed about all aspects of mahinga kai, from transport (mōkihi) and storage (pōhā), to what they put on their plates — pāua, kōura (crayfish), and pātiki (flounder). Episode one showcases the elusive "vampire of the sea" kanakana (lamprey) in Murihiku (Southland). The last episode of the 12-part web series features Kaikōura local Butch McDonald catching and eating the town's seafood specialty, crayfish. 

I believe that mahinga kai is one of the things that binds you to who you are and where you come from.
– Environmental researcher Stevie-Rae Blair