Relishing their win as pickles take gold

A local Maori relish inspired by family of a bygone era has picked up gold at the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.

Manaaki’s Kamokamo Pickle is one of just 40 products to win a coveted gold medal from more than 180 products entered.

Inspired by the ‘Aunties of old – the Queens of Manaakitanga – the team take a ‘seed to jar’ approach.

The special pickle is now in the running to win the Supreme Champion Award, to be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on 17 April.

Head judge, New Zealand food writer Lauraine Jacobs, says it was great to see the innovative approach many food producers had taken.

“Medal winners deserve the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Award they have earned.

“Consumers are well advised to seek out the delicious and exciting foods such as ice-creams, drinks and juices, honey, pâtés, meats, pickles, bread and so much more which will be carrying 2019 medals”, she says.

Manaaki is a Blenheim-based social enterprise set up almost two years ago by the new generation of ‘Aunties’

The move is part of the Omaka Marae’s Pā Ora, Pā Wānanga strategy vision, centres on whānau transformation through the creation of a thriving and sustainable marae.

As much produce as possible grown in the marae gardens.

Next month, the Aunties will be showcasing their culinary talents with a special event being held as part of Feast Marlborough.

Feast Marlborough kicks off on Thursday 9 May with the WK Gala Feast and Arbour’s Starlight Sessions; dubbed by organisers as a multi-sensory dining experience.

The celebration continues the following night at the Bayleys Friday Night Feast street party in central Blenheim.

‘Hakari with the Aunties’, on May 11, will take guests on a culinary journey, with each course telling its own unique – and local – story.

Live music and cultural performances will make for a rare and special night. For more information and tickets, see

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