Definition of hangi in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɑːŋi//ˈhaŋi/


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

    • ‘The kids ran around the hangi pit like wild Indians, whooping and yelling ‘War!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In terms of the economy we are cooking with gas not hangi stones anymore.’
    • ‘Our hotel, like several in Rotorua, has an evening hangi (earthen oven) feast, complete with Maori dances and a thundering, in-your-face haka.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, the party happens in good old kiwi style - a hangi, singing, a big punch up, a showdown over the girl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister said that it was just about hangi stones and things of that nature, but it is a lot more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, if Maori have taken hangi stones from the beach from 1840 until now (no breaks) they can continue to do so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We will start cooking, and not with hangi stones but with gas.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The food cooked in a 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.’
      • ‘We ate hangi for dinner - meat, smoky carrots and kumara cooked in baskets under the earth on hot rocks for over three hours.’
      • ‘The most famous Maori culinary tradition is the hangi.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 love hangi food, especially kumara, which is a sweet potato.’
    2. 1.2 A meal or gathering at which food is cooked in a hangi and served.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘I really enjoyed their stay, with some nice touristing and a very successful hangi for Patrick's birthday.’
      • ‘The hangi is a feast that may only be prepared in the regions of the country where there are hot springs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you're considering having a hangi, my only advice is that you check the weather reports first.’
      • ‘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.’
      outdoor meal, al fresco meal, barbecue
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