Matariki Ahunga Nui Feast Hampers

NZD $350.00NZD $1,000.00

(1 customer review)
  • Prime selection of foods.
  • Made with love and care by our team and whanau.
  • Make a koha (donation) of your choice, starting at $350, that goes to build our fund for Tuawhenua Forest Fund
  • Limited number available, and they’re in demand so order NOW!
  • Delivery to your door in time for Matariki.
  • Available only in New Zealand.


Matariki Feast Hampers

Our hampers contain a prime selection of natural and delicious home-produced foods, made with love and care by our team, friends and whānau from the heart. Sourced from our pristine forests of Te Urewera, our gardens and orchards, or through the traditional practice of trading (using Manawa Honey as our side of the trade!)

Here’s just some of the items you will find in your hamper:

  • Te Urewera Pork
  • Te Urewera Wild Venison Sausages
  • Te Moananui a Toi Fish
  • Rangitaiki Tuna
  • Matawhero Pumpkin Soup
  • Te Umu Tōī Rosemary and Onion Stuffing
  • Rewarewa Honey and Raisin Steamed Pudding
  • Tarapounamu Horopito Dry Meat Rub
  • Te Umu Tōi Tāewa (Maori Potatoes)
  • Kamokamo & Rewarewa Honey Relish
  • Feijoa & Wild Forest Honey Chutney
  • Wild Forest Honey & Golden Peaches
  • Heritage Apple & Tāwari Honey
  • Te Umu Tōī Quince Jelly
  • Sweet Peach & Honey Compote
  • Nga Mīere o Te Urewera Rice Bubble Slice

There’ll be lots more in the hamper and some real surprises that we just love giving!

Participating in Matariki Ahunga Nui

Nau mai! Haere mai! You can join our initiative by just choosing the koha you want to make for our Tuawhenua Forest Restoration Fund. Whilst we have been able to hold the koha options at $300 up for the last two years, we have had to lift the base for the koha to $350 this year, to reflect the significant rise in costs of recent times  but also to reflect the added value of foods in the hamper for 2024.

Please note:

  1. All hampers are the same size, so the size of your koha is just up to you according to how much you want to support our kaupapa.
  2. Promotional discount codes will not be applied when you participate in this initiative.

Delivery Process

Hampers will be delivered by courier from 12 June 2024 onwards in time for Matariki.

We will email you about delivery details and other matters after you have joined the Matariki Ahunga Nui initiative by making your koha.

Matariki Ahunga Nui – The Kaupapa

Feasting and the sharing of food is a central element within the Matariki celebration, and this is expressed in the proverb ‘Matariki ahunga nui’ meaning ‘the great food piles of Matariki’.  Matariki is a time when family and friends come together to remember the past year, celebrate the present and plan for the future – best when undertaken with a feast and the sharing of food.

We have adopted Matariki Ahunga Nui for an initiative that is designed with a number of objectives in mind.

To Restore and Enhance Forests of the Tuawhenua Trust

Firstly, we have now established a fund for enhancing the forests of the founder of Manawa Honey – the Tuawhenua Trust. Our trust is responsible for 9000 hectares of indigenous forest about Ruatāhuna, at Te Manawa o Te Ika a Māui, the Heart of Māui’s Fish.

Our forest is suffering from the impact of introduced pests over time. To reverse this trend for our forest birds and other life in our forest is a massive challenge.

Through Matariki Ahunga Nui, we will grow this fund for our forest to invest for returns to be applied to restoring and enhancing the life of our forest. It’s small but we know this can grow and we have to start somewhere.

To Revive a Range of Traditions

Secondly, Matariki Ahunga Nui supports the revival of some traditions, such as the tradition of feasting as part of the celebration of the rising of Matariki and the coming New Year. For Matariki we want to share hampers of special foods that reflect the stars of Matariki and the origins of food.

The food in the hamper is largely from Ruatāhuna, but in reviving a tradition of our ancestors, we have included foods that we acquired from other businesses and tribes through trading in exchange for what we have in surplus – in our case, award-winning honey by Manawa!

Further, this initiative rests on the principle of koha or giving, and reciprocity, that is explained further below.

And overall, this initiative is not just about food and understanding its origin, it is also about our connection to our environment, our association with our communities and our relationships with one another. So those who join our kaupapa will be part of a web or network we are creating for celebrating Matariki now and into the future that connects to our land, our forests, the ocean, our rivers, our people, the sustenance of the natural world, fertility that springs from this, and indeed, life itself.

To Share Hampers of Special Foods

So just how does this all work? Matariki Ahunga Nui involves:

  1. A hamper of foods that:
    1. Has been prepared with the love and care from the forests and orchards of Ruatāhuna by our staff and friends in authentic home-made style, or gained through trade for exchange of Manawa Honey.
    2. Is a traditional selection that reflects the stars in the Matariki constellation – from the ocean, from fresh water, from in the ground, and from the forest.
    3. Will include to serve at least 4 people: pork, venison sausages, fish, eel, kūmara, stuffing, steamed pudding (all frozen), meat rub and herbs, preserved peaches and pears, condiments (chutney and relish), limes, sweets, cheese, fruit paste and snacks.
  2. Our tikanga of koha or donation/gifting so that:
    1. We are not selling our hampers for a stated price.
    2. Instead, we are operating on a koha basis. If you want to contribute to our kaupapa then you choose how much you want to give as a koha. We will then send you one of our hampers. To be clear – all our hampers are the same, it is simply up to you how much you want to donate to our kaupapa.

All koha/proceeds gained from the Matariki feast hampers will go to establishing a fund for the future restoration and enrichment of the Tuawhenua forest in Ruatāhuna, at the Heart of the Fish. There will be no deductions for administration from your koha as it goes into what we will call the (long version) Te Manawa o te Ika (Heart of the Fish) Forest Restoration & Enhancement Fund (long version).

Cost incurred in the production and supply of these foods have been covered by our staff, or their whanau and friends, and Manawa Honey NZ, as our collective contribution to get the Tuawhenua Forest Fund well established.

Matariki Ahunga Nui is an initiative of the Tuawhenua Trust, founder of Manawa Honey NZ.

Hampers available only in New Zealand.

1 review for Matariki Ahunga Nui Feast Hampers

  1. Finn

    This is absolutely delicious kai, and an awesome gift or a treat for your own whānau!
    We have had several meals out of the hamper already, and there is still plenty we haven’t opened yet. You can taste the magic and feel the manaakitanga :-). Thank you so much.

    • Brenda Tahi, CEO Manawa Honey NZ

      Thanks so much Finn for the feedback that you gave us on our Matariki Ahunga Nui Feast Hampers. We missed somehow replying at the time, so sorry about that. It takes a lot for us to put these together and we really appreciate when you say that “you can taste the magic and feel the manaakitanga’. This sort of feedback and the contribution that everyone made to our initiative has blown us away – nga mihi!

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