In the days of old, pātaka kai were storage houses on stilts to protect kai from pests. They had a small door in front and sometimes a trap door in the middle of the floor. As well as helping to make the kai easily accessible, it also worked as a cooling system for fresh air to circulate through.
These 2 carved pātaka are in Rotorua at:
➡️ Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu
➡️ Rotowhio Marae inside Te Puia
They really brought it home, how much our Pātaka Kai Free Open Street Pantry movement is so aligned with the ways of our people.
➡️ Māramatanga and
Here we are in 2018, using those same ideals to help out our neighbours.
Nga mihi - Candice Luke