On Friday 7 April, Māngere Mountain opened its gates and invited guests to witness a new and exciting education experience.
More than 30 people learnt about the Mara Kai Ka Tunu Ka Ora programme and how it links to the New Zealand curriculum.
Partnership with Nestlé Cook for Life
The partnership with Nestlé Cook for Life provided an opportunity for students to learn about nutrition and develop cooking skills using produce harvested from gardens, just as local iwi sustained their own whānau hundreds of years ago.
Guests also heard about Māngere Mountain’s historical significance when Dr Graeme Campbell, Chair of Māngere Mountain Education Trust, reflected on the longstanding connections this significant Auckland asset has to the local community and the wider region.
A history in food
“At the Māngere Mountain Education Centre we study the history of food production, to tell the stories of our ancestors and today’s communities,” he said.
“We convey the physical, cultural and spiritual connections to the mountain through the growing, preparation and cooking of food crops. We understand that food connects us all to this place. To the land and the sea.”
“That’s why we are so excited about the Nestlé Cook for Life - Ka Tunu Ka Ora programme at Te pane O Mataoho / Māngere Mountain. And that’s why this is the right place for this learning programme.”
Other attendees on the day included programme manager at the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, Sarah Hanrahan, Māngere MP, Aupito Su’a William Sio, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board member Tauanu’u Nick Bakulich, academics and health professionals.