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Community spirit evident at Aro Valley hangi

Aug 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Latest News

ONE hundred and thirty   people turned out for a community hāngi in Aro Valley over the weekend.

The evening was part of a series of meal based events Aro Valley Community Council has been running, aimed at bringing the community together.

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Volunteers helping package the food

The popular event even saw one former resident travel from his new home in the Wairarapa to attend.

One of the organisers, Daniel Brown, says the event is all about harnessing community spirit.

“That’s what it’s all about, bringing the community together,” he says.

Local businesses in Aro Valley helped out by donating food for the event.

Those attending could either donate food for the hāngi in advance or pay a koha at the event,  which contributed toward the cost of food.

Lexi Taylor, a community developer for the community council, also saw the hāngi as an event which connected people with the Maori culture.

“Everyone knows what a hāngi is. A lot of people if they don’t know are very curious about it and want to experience something like that,” she says.

Initially there was a fear that because of the big interest in the event they may run out of food.

However in true community spirit, many shared their meals.

Te Aro School performed Kapa Haka before the food was served at six thirty pm.

Byran Crump, MC for the night, was impressed by the amount of effort put into the evening.

“A group of about 10 to 15 people started preparing the food yesterday at about 11 in the morning and the food finally went into the hāngi at 11 o’clock this morning,” he says.

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