Definition of hangi in English:

hangi

Pronunciation /ˈhaŋi//ˈhɑːŋi/

noun

NZ
  • 1A pit in which food is cooked on heated stones.

    • ‘In terms of the economy we are cooking with gas not hangi stones anymore.’
    • ‘As the rays of this month's Sun turn your fleece gold, you'll be energetic little chili peppers: sizzlingly physical, wickedly witty and hot as a hangi - positively smoking!’
    • ‘It is not about being limited to collecting hangi stones and launching waka.’
    • ‘Of course, the party happens in good old kiwi style - a hangi, singing, a big punch up, a showdown over the girl.’
    • ‘Our hotel, like several in Rotorua, has an evening hangi (earthen oven) feast, complete with Maori dances and a thundering, in-your-face haka.’
    • ‘The kids ran around the hangi pit like wild Indians, whooping and yelling ‘War!’’
    • ‘Trade is absolutely affected by that highway - and we had its realignment held up for 6 months because of the discovery of six hangi stones.’
    • ‘Let us talk about the brave Opposition leaders who wander up to Maniapoto country, go inside for a hongi, but then walk outside and try to talk tough and say they will put the Te Wananga o Aotearoa in a hangi.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister said that it was just about hangi stones and things of that nature, but it is a lot more.’
    • ‘Those who wanted to argue the merits of preserving six hangi stones - thereby holding up a $600,000 development on State Highway 3-were given legal aid to do so.’
    • ‘Having spent a bit of time in Robinvale and sharing the odd hangi with some Tongans, it looked to me like a great Saturday night.’
    • ‘I heard rumour that someone was opening up a hangi restaurant in town, and there is this pie shop over by the racecourse that sells the best homemade pies this soul has ever encountered.’
    • ‘So, if Maori have taken hangi stones from the beach from 1840 until now (no breaks) they can continue to do so.’
    • ‘But most of the Inland Revenue Department offices are in the concrete jungles of this country, and there is no way to put a hangi in the ground.’
    • ‘As Stephen Franks said a minute ago, the people who cook in a hangi or on a barbecue will be paying for those who like to cook on a Smeg or in a microwave oven and want a guaranteed uninterrupted power supply.’
    • ‘Exactly what this means depends very much on what usages are recognised - but so far the talk is of things like launching waka and gathering hangi stones.’
    • ‘We will start cooking, and not with hangi stones but with gas.’
    • ‘One day there was a 100th Jubilee celebration for the first ever school built in New Zealand or some such other important occasion and Jack was asked to oversee the hangi.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The food cooked in a hangi.
      • ‘The most famous Maori culinary tradition is the hangi.’
      • ‘We ate hangi for dinner - meat, smoky carrots and kumara cooked in baskets under the earth on hot rocks for over three hours.’
      • ‘Their little joke over, they led on to the more modern Maori feast - a large pit in the ground containing the evening's hangi.’
      • ‘I just make two points to Mr Key: firstly, hangi are not cooked in a microwave, and, secondly, instead of having his groceries delivered, it may pay him to go down to the supermarket.’
      • ‘I love hangi food, especially kumara, which is a sweet potato.’
      • ‘I remember last year, stuffing my face on all sorts of goodies; 2 dozen oysters, (1 raw, 1 battered and fried) plus a hangi are what stick in the mind.’
    2. 1.2 A meal or gathering at which food is cooked in a hangi and served.
      • ‘The hangi is offered by resort hotels in the northern part of the North Island, where the traditional meal is enjoyed by tourists.’
      • ‘I want to say to 99.9 percent of all New Zealanders in this country that at Christmas they can go down to the beach with their family, with their children, have a barbecue, have a hangi, and go fishing.’
      • ‘If one is a Maori Land Court judge, and at a hangi, and having a damn good time, does one have to constantly comply with tikanga Maori?’
      • ‘The caterers came through again for dinner, with a New Zealand-style hangi (a pig and vegetables cooked in the ground) and seafood feast on the water's edge.’
      • ‘The hangi is a feast that may only be prepared in the regions of the country where there are hot springs.’
      • ‘If you're considering having a hangi, my only advice is that you check the weather reports first.’
      • ‘The Paparoa marae offers a Maori cultural experience - starting with a powhiri and interpretation of Maori tikanga, followed by a traditional hangi and evening entertainment.’
      • ‘One of the highlights of the weekend is when a hangi or huge communal meal that has been cooked in the ground for several hours is served on the Saturday evening.’
      • ‘I really enjoyed their stay, with some nice touristing and a very successful hangi for Patrick's birthday.’
      outdoor meal, al fresco meal, barbecue
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Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

hangi

/ˈhaŋi//ˈhɑːŋi/