Healthy Māori and Pasifika recipes

Key points about healthy recipes with a Māori and Pasifika flavour

  • Looking for some delicious Māori or Pasifika-inspired kai, recipes and ideas to feed the whānau?
  • What's for dinner, or lunch?
  • Find some 'kai-spiration' with our recipes and links below.
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Recipes(external link) Whakaata Māori, NZ
Get some kai-spiration with a selection of recipes from Whakaata Māori and some of their TV shows.

Recipes(external link) Toi Tangata, NZ
Up your game and get a few new recipes under your belt. With great tips for swapping out some of the more unhealthy additions to your meals while keeping familiar flavours, you won’t have to miss out on anything.

Kaumātua Recipes(external link) recipes from the Original Kaumātua Recipe Book, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, NZ
Some recipes from the Original Kaumātua Recipe Book to try including Māori bread and Paua & onion fritters.

Pacific recipes(external link) Heart Foundation, NZ (Many recipes are also on their YouTube channel)(external link)
Some great heart-healthy recipes with a Pacific flavour from the Heart Foundation.

Kai Recipes used by Kawhia Maori & Early Pioneers(external link) Kawhia Maori NZ
Some great Maori & early pioneer recipes, utilising natural plants, ferns, dried eels, seaweed and seafoods...enjoy!

Vegan Pasifika Cookalong(external link) Facebook Group by the Vegan Society
Join this page to get quick and easy, delicious vegan Pasifika recipes to delight yourself, your family and friends.

Pacific Heartbeat(external link) Heart Foundation, NZ. 
This is a team at the Heart Foundation who have information on the heart health needs of NZ’s Pacific population and encourage eating well, being smoke-free and being more active.

He Kai Kei Aku Ringa(external link)
These kai cards are a helpful tool to support you and your whānau to build your kete (basket) of capabilities in food preparation, feeding tamariki 2-4 years of age and basic nutritional literacy. Available in English and te reo.

The Pacific community nutrition course(external link) by the Heart Foundation is for people working with Pasifika families and communities. It's a “hands on” way of taking nutrition information and using it in daily life. Read about this course and other nutrition courses here.(external link)

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