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Harvesting Potatoes for Matariki

Sarah Baird —

To celebrate Matariki, Manaia and Petipeti decided to dig for potatoes in our school garden. Some people were surprised to discover that we even had potatoes in the garden!

First, we put on gardening gloves to protect our hands from nails, worms and dirt. Then we pulled all the green plants out and WOW we saw lots of huge sand tiny potatoes attached to the roots. We collected two and a half buckets of potatoes! Some of us used gardening tools to dig them out and some used their hands.

When we had finished harvesting our spuds, a few people washed and scrubbed them, then other people cut them up into chips. We roasted them in the ovens in the Muritai Centre, with some oil, salt and parsley.

The best thing was that we all worked together as a team. Then we devoured them! They were outstandingly delicious!

By Daziyah, Cohen and George in Petipeti

Yesterday Manaia and Petipeti were digging for potatoes out of Tāhunanui School garden.

We found worms. Why there were worms is because the soil was healthy.

We got two whole buckets of potatoes! After we dug potatoes, we washed them and rinsed them. After that we cut them into weird shaped chips and put them in the oven.

We put the leftover wet potatoes on a sheet to dry them a bit. After about ten or twenty minutes the potatoes were dry and we put them in bags. The leftovers were for people to take home.

Me and Zacaia washed the dishes. Zacaia dried the dishes and I washed them.

Next the cooked potato chips were done and nearly at the end of the day we ate them.

I love Matariki. It is my favourite Māori celebration.

By Andrea Jojo in Petipeti

For Matariki we harvested potatoes with Petipeti. Then some people helped to clean the potatoes and some people chopped up the potatoes. We cooked them and while they were cooking we tidied up. We also replanted some potatoes. When the potatoes were cooked we shared them with everyone. We did this because Matariki is a time to gather all our crops and to share kai with our friends and family. Matariki is also a time to spend with your friends and family.

By Knox Henry, Manaia