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Hiakai. Adjective. Origin~Māori. 

1. Hungry 2. Having a desire, need, craving for food.

Hiakai is 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 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.


Hiakai launched in June 2016 and quickly established itself as a leading innovator in the New Zealand food scene. The sophisticated boundary pushing menus created by Chef Monique Fiso have been challenging the status quo on Māori food in New Zealand while also helping play a huge role in keeping traditional Māori food culture alive.

"He kai kei aku ringa"- There is food at the end of my hands

 Māori Proverb


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