How to make boil up on a budget

Life is getting so expensive these days, and everyday costs are creeping up - whether it’s bills, gas or kai - it ain’t easy out here. 

Food price inflation in New Zealand accelerated to 7.4% year-on-year in July and it’s getting harder and harder for people to stock their cupboards. We can’t be going out every night to our favourite food spots but we can make amazing kai at home.  

Here’s a cheap recipe from Aunty Trish to help feed your flat or whānau. 

Boil up is a classic amongst Māori whānau. It’s that favourite comfort food for many and a reminder of home and whānau. Across the motu (country), different people have their own special spin on boil up and there are so many ways to do it. There’s the choice of meat, choice of greens and different ways of making motumotu (doughboys).

It’s a super easy recipe and this version created by Aunty Trish is also super affordable. With a total cost of $32.79, this boil up recipe will go a long way and feed the whole whānau or flat with plenty of leftovers for the next day. 

The best part of this kai is that there are no strict rules. You can decide the amount of each ingredient you’d like to use and even add or remove anything to your liking. Give it a go at home and put your own spin on it.


  • Pork Bones
  • Watercress
  • Potatoes
  • Kumara
  • Self raising flour

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho and the NZ on Air Public Interest Journalism Fund. Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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