Read on if you want to find out how it may have all started:
Facebook and Twitter is all abuzz with rangatahi taking issue with the fact that hangi might be banned by Prime Minister John Key, so what’s this all about? We’re trying to piece this all together but think a few things have happened.
- John Key left the Waitangi Day celebrations without sharing kai hakari with the hosts (a big no-n0 as the symbolism behind it affirms relationships and helps build trust).
- The impending Food Bill which has dark overtones suggests that being able to grow and sell kai will become overly bureaucratic, filled with rules and regulations that serve no real purpose and harm whanau seeking to grow their own kai via community gardens which some commentators have suggested will mean hangi could be banned (especially in terms of selling hangi for fundraising events).
- Someone has spread word that as a result of 1 (Key not appreciating hangi) and 2 (the food bill) that hangi could be banned.
But no on the face of it hangi being banned is not on the Key-lead National government’s 100-day policy goals BUT the upcoming Food Bill will result in significant changes in how we grow, share and sell kai at a community and marae level.
With that said, we’ve heard that if a school holds over 100 sausage sizzles in a year, the Food Bill rules will come into effect, so where does that leave our beloved and hangi reka, hmmm too soon to tell.
TangataWhenua.com has contacted the office of the PM and is still awaiting a reply.
We’ll watch this one, so keep in touch and get informed.
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