The name “Manaaki” is inspired from Manaakitanga
This means hospitality, kindness, generosity, support - the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others and how we make them feel welcome. This goes back a long way at Omaka Marae. It’s what we’ve been taught by our kaumatua (elders) and in particular the matriarchs of our marae.
Back in the day, the pataka (larder) was always filled with preserves, chutneys and sauces that were homemade by our nannies and aunties. Nothing served on the kai table was store-bought. All freshly grown and harvested. No artificial flavours, no artificial colourings.
Manaaki has been created, drawing on this spirit of Manaakitanga, offering a range of traditionally homemade kai from the heart.
We also want to make a Māori kai experience readily available for all. The Marlborough region, where we live, is world famous for its wine and food. But Māori kai products were hard to find. Manaaki has changed that.