Opening the hangi

Rikki Bennet (in blue shirt) is the ARC ranger based at the Cascades. He, along with his colleagues (Jason Duff is seen in black on the right), contributes to our project with practical assistance, and Rikki adds a special dimension by sharing his maori culture. Here he supervises the opening of a hangi (earth oven), at a gathering of volunteers. His playing of a maori flute is a haunting accompaniment to our dawn celebration of Matariki (the maori New Year, when the Pleiades become visible at mid-winter)

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