Confit duck leg, smoked Matamata kumara mash, Ohaupo harore jus, watercress.
Whānui featured on the Maori lunar calendar and was significant to kūmara and signalled the time to harvest and store kūmara. Coincidentally it is also around the time the duck (pārera) season opens.
Vega has been extensively studied by astronomers, leading it to be termed “arguably the next most important star in the sky after the sun”. It was also acknowledged by Māori as being responsible for providing them with kūmara
Kūmara was a principal food for Māori and is imbued with māuri (life force) and whakapapa (lineage).
With multiple pairing options, this dish can be matched with a locally brewed IPA from Bootleg Brewery, a Pinot Noir from Central Otago called the Te Kano ‘akin’, or a house made hot tea of horopito and kawakawa.