Gianni and Danni here. We are recent TV and film graduates from Auckland University of Technology. During our final year of studies, our final project was to create a short observational documentary film following the Reid Whanau and their modernised traditional methods of using a hāngi pit to cook kai.
Throughout this documentary, we want to express what Hāngi means to the Māori culture by showcasing the Reid Whanau coming together and creating close bonds during the process of using New Zealand's oldest cooking method. Hāngi has always been an important meal to the Māori Culture as it has never failed to bring loved ones closer together.
We explore the tradition and the sentimental value that it preserves to this day. We believe it is important to value cultural identities and maintain the practices for the generations to come, and for this reason, we would love to share this story with, not only Māori or New Zealanders but anyone who is interested in learning about hāngi and can appreciate and respect Māori Tikanga.