Britomart is celebrating Matariki by laying a hāngi on its central lawn in Takutai Square.
From Wednesday June 26 to Sunday June 30, Hangi Master Rewi Spraggon and his team from The Maori Kitchen will lay down a hāngi and serve modern takes on ancient kai every lunchtime.
Spraggon is a chef who hosts regular hāngi workshops at his home at Te Henga, has appeared at Taste of Auckland, and hosted the series Hāngi Pit Masters on Maori Television.
Spraggon has made the revitalisation of the art of hāngi his mission - and sees Britomart as a perfect place to continue this. "We're losing the art of hāngi because we're not doing enough of it," he says. "Doing a hāngi properly in Takutai Square - with soil, fire, hot rocks and baskets of kai - is an excellent chance to remind people how great this cooking method is for creating tasty and healthy kai."
Spraggon's food - he'll be serving hangi wraps, pies, delicious lunchboxes and more - will be accompanied by song, with free live performances by musicians every lunchtime in the square.
There will also be a free concert with an incredible music lineup on the evening of Friday 28 June - stay tuned for more details!