“I just want to exclaim now that I'm quite embarrassed and whakamā about my non-Māori tastebuds and palate that I have.”

Kai o Nehe is a new mini-series where rangatahi Māori try the delicacies of their ancestors.

Up first is tītī, also known as muttonbird. It’s a delicacy from the deep south of Aotearoa that has been harvested and enjoyed by tīpuna for hundreds of years.

These days iwi from Rakiura (Stewart Island) have the sole right to harvest tītī from the islands around that area.

For a long time kuia and koroua have enjoyed and devoured some pretty interesting delicacies across the country.

But do we still hold them in such high esteem today?

And can rangatahi in the 21st century hack the full on flavours of traditional kai?

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho.

Stay tuned for a new episode every week.


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