Mahinga Kai

Capturing the stories and essence of traditional Ngāi Tahu food gathering

In 2014 NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho established a joint Māori webseries fund. Five very different projects were selected from 35 applications.

Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai is a visually stunning series that offers a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau and their ancestors. The series is filmed in the dramatic landscape of Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand.

NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho funding: $100,000

Produced by: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Executive Producer: Simon Leslie
Producer: Adrienne Anderson
Director: Bill de Friez
Director of Photography: Richard Sutcliffe
Production Manager: Ingrid Larsen
Editor: Richard Lord

Mahinga Kai was launched on 3 September 2015.

Watch Mahinga Kai online.

Ngāi Tahu

Kōura Episode

From tuna (eel) fishing on the east coast, through to the collection of medicinal rongoa plants in the north and kanakana (lamprey) fishing in the far south, Ngāi Tahu whānau explore the evolution of their traditional practices in their takiwā.

This 12 part series is about capturing the stories of Ngāi Tahu and passing on the knowledge and practice of mahinga kai to future generations. 

The stories are specifically from Ngāi Tahu, but their appeal is universal. They cover harvesting, preparation, protection and preservation of a range of traditional food sources.


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