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Hiakai Innovative Fine Dining Experience

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Hiakai

40 Wallace Street

Wellington, Wellington 6021

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Join the Rotorua business events industry at a special exclusive five course dining experience with a Chef that is touted as NZ's most exciting. It would be our pleasure to be your host at Hiakai .

This is a great opportunity to meet the new faces of Rotorua's conference industry and/or catch up with old friends.

With only 35 spaces we recommend to register early to secure your space

Hiakai. Adjective. Origin~Māori. 1. Hungry 2. Having a desire, need, craving for food.

Hiakai began in 2016 as a pop up series devoted to the exploration and development of Māori cooking techniques and ingredients. Māori were great innovators of food and land, developing their own style of earth cookery (hāngi) and successfully adapting plants and vegetables brought with them from Hawaiki to the much colder environment of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Over several centuries, these methods have been passed down, refined and still feed the hiakai people of Aotearoa today.

Since launching in 2016, Hiakai has established itself as a leading innovator in the New Zealand food scene. The sophisticated boundary-pushing menus created by Chef Monique Fiso are challenging the status quo of Māori food in New Zealand, while playing a leading role in keeping Māori food culture alive.

Hiakai has now opened as a bricks-and-mortar restaurant in Te Whanganui a Tara, the capital of Aotearoa.



"On one side the food was deeply satisfying and struck a chord with me like no other has; it was my soul food. Yet on the other, so intelligent and thought-provoking that it took a few days to mentally digest."

- JONNY SCHWASS

REVIEW: "FINDING MY SOUL FOOD"

CUISINE MAGAZINE

"This chef is forging a path and showing the food community just how good our New Zealand-grown ingredients can be."

- LAURAINE JACOBS

ARTICLE: "THE RICHES OF MAORI FOOD."

THE NEW ZEALAND LISTENER

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