Mumma’s Kitchen Kirsten Holtz welcomes Haurora Wānanga to teach Kiwis how to make healthy and economical kai

Mumma’s Kitchen founder Kirsten Holtz will host Haurora Wānanga this Saturday at Tai Tokerau Wānanga Marae (Raumanga). Photo / Michael Cunningham

A Whangārei mum helps Northland kaumātua and kuia save some pūtea while making good healthy kai.

Vlogger and founder of Mumma’s Kitchen Kirsten Holtz will be teaching the whānau how to cook healthy meals inexpensively and prepare for illness and flu this winter at her Haurora Wānanga tomorrow at Tai Tokerau Wānanga Marae (Raumanga).

The workshop is part of the winter wellness campaign to encourage families to take care of their health.

“The workshop is in conjunction with Mumma’s Kitchen, a vlog my family helped me create when the pandemic started.”

What started as a kindergarten activity has now turned into a Facebook page with just over 80,000 followers.

Holtz taught kindergarten children in Raumanga how to bottle peaches to help families save money.

However, they had a rāhui during the lockdown.

The 54-year-old uploaded a video to the kindergarten’s Facebook page and it got a lot of attention.

“I had my daughter take my video on her phone to show people how to make bottle peaches.

“There’s nothing flashy about what we do, it’s simple, practical advice, the kind of stuff we did when we had our kids at home.

“It’s just to help families out.”

Holtz said Saturday’s workshop was a step towards many good health initiatives to support kaumātua, including healthy eating, exercise and vaccinations, among others.

“It’s to protect our old people as best we can.”

Holtz also started a $5 a week program for her cooking and said she helps kaumātua and kuia do the same.

“We encourage people to keep $5 aside or as part of their groceries and to buy extra foods in addition to non-perishable foods that they can set aside in case of an emergency.

“For example, preserves in situations like layoffs or when they’re a bit short on cash.”

Mumma’s Kitchen has 5000 people participating in the program and they would set up kaumātua with a few packs to start their own food storage cabinet.

“It’s our people, our community and giving back is good.

“Especially with everything going on – flu outbreak, Covid-19 and high cost of living.”