CPIT’s spirit of hospitality stronger than ever
CPIT student and staff volunteers delivered hearty winter meals to Kaumātua in the community last Friday as part of a new School of Food and Hospitality and Centre for Māori and Pasifika Achievement (CMPA) initiative, Kaumātua Kuisine, which aims to enliven the spirit of Manaakitanga (hospitality).
Kaumātua Kuisine is an opportunity for Māori and Pasifika students to feel the reward of sharing their knowledge and hospitality skills with others. The initiative aims to deliver meals prepared by students in professional cookery classes to members of the community four times a year. Students will also prepare and host an onsite hāngi at CPIT, inviting Kaumātua and family members.
“We want students to learn what it feels like to give hospitality and see how someone’s eyes light up when you gift them with a simple meal. We really want to instil that spirit of Manaakitanga and community within our students,” says Dennis Taylor, Manager of Food and Hospitality at CPIT.
Taylor is excited about the two CPIT Schools working together to spread hospitality in Christchurch. Students from the School of Food and Hospitality will prepare and deliver the meals with the CMPA assisting with transport and identifying Kaumātua who will benefit from the visits.