Steaming up at community hangi

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All 100 tickets were sold for yesterday’s hangi to raise funds to give Te Whare Koa Community Marae a much-needed makeover.

About $500 was raised from the hangi to help maintain the marae, which would include new paint, carpet, fixings holes in the roof and a general tidy-up.

Te Whare Koa Community Marae trustee Mike Mullins said the event was “awesome” and they managed to not only get money for the makeover but also raised awareness about the marae.

The tickets cost $10 but because there were food and other costs involved they made about $500 profit, he said.

Mr Mullins said he was also pleased with the people who came and helped with the preparation over the last few days and laying of the hangi at 7.30am on Sunday morning.

The food was brought up at 12.30pm and tasted amazing, he said.

They hoped to do more fundraising in the future and would be likely to do another hangi at some point.

The hangi was available to the first 100 people who brought tickets.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

FUNDRAISING: From left, Parewhero O’Brien-Harrison, 17, Scott Hirst, Joseph Cropley, Tain Cropley, 18, Mike Mullins and Eru Harrison lay out the hangi.