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About us

 

Translated as 'food from the home fires’, Ahikā Kai refers to fresh, premium produce that has been fished, hunted, reared, gathered and grown according to five key Ngāi Tahu food production principles.

As traditional hunter-gatherers with a deep connection to our land, food lies at the heart of our identity, binding Ngāi Tahu and the world around us together - and we want to share this with you.

It’s a symbol of Ngāi Tahu's continuing relationship with and respect for our land and our waters, and what ties us together as an indigenous people.

Ordering via our easy online process, consumers can see exactly where in New Zealand their product is sourced from, finding out information about the supplier and their practices.

Toitū te marae a Tāne
Toitū te marae a Tangaroa
Toitū te iwi

If the world of Tāne (all living things on land) endures
If the marae of Tangaroa (the lakes, rivers and sea) endures
The people endure

This whakataukī (proverb) provides the philosophical foundation on which Ahikā Kai is based in order to help guide our producers in the sustainable management of the food they produce.

 

Earthical Kai