Kai Ora

Saturday 22 December 2012, 5.00 pm on Maori Television

A half-hour cooking show hosted by Anne Thorp which features fantastic food, fabulous guests, and wonderful music. Today’s guests: Lynette McFadden and Debbie Harwood. (REPEAT)

Saturday 20 October 2012, 5.00 pm on Maori Television

A half-hour cooking show hosted by Anne Thorp featuring fantastic food, fabulous guests, and wonderful music. Today’s guests: Dale Husband and Ruia Aperahama. (PREMIERE REPEAT)

Sunday November 29 at 7.00 PM on Maori Television

The queen of Maori cuisine, Anne Thorpe, showcases exquisitely mouthwatering dishes sourced from New Zealand’s finest produce.

FOOD TELEVISION – Saturdays from 1 August, 5.30pm

Anne Thorpe is back with a new season of Kai Ora and a whole new line up of musical guests to entertain at her home with Maori culture and sumptuous meals. Filmed both at Anne’s urban home and her coastal retreat overlooking beautiful Pakiri Beach, each location provides a perfect setting for Anne to demonstrate her unique talents at manaakitanga (Maori hospitality) – entertaining guests, friends or family with a combination of healthy food, music and laughter. This series, guests include, Miriama Smith, Tyra Hammond, Tina Cross and Robbie Rakete who bring their own gift of music as a koha (present) for Anne’s gracious hospitality. As well as encouraging New Zealanders to learn the art of preparing good food, Kai Ora also enables them to enjoy home grown music, entertainment and humour.

From Saturday January 3 at 5:30pm

Host Anne Thorp returns with an all new series of Kai Ora, entertaining more friends in her home with the finest of Maori culture and ingredients. The aim of Kai Ora, whether filmed at Anne’s urban home or at her coastal retreat overlooking beautiful Pakiri Beach, is to educate as well as entertain. Either location provides a perfect setting for Anne to demonstrate her unique talents at the art of manaakitanga (Maori hospitality) – entertaining guests, friends or family with a combination of exquisite healthy food, music and laughter. Most of the guests also bring their own gift of music as a koha (present) for Anne’s gracious hospitality. As well as encouraging New Zealanders to learn the art of preparing good food, this delightful series also enables them to enjoy home grown music, entertainment and humour.

Sunday August 24 at 7.00 PM

Fine food, fabulous guests and fantastic hospitality are the order of the day for KAI ORA. Chef Ann Thorpe dishes up her irresistible fare for one last time tonight before she bids us ‘haere ra’ for this season. Guests Saipele Nili, David Letoa and Jack Bourke.

Fresh fare, fabulous music and eclectic celebrity guests are the essential ingredients for Maori Television cuisine show KAI ORA, returning to screens on Sundays at 7.00 PM.

Hosted by the multi-talented Anne Thorp, KAI ORA is a celebration of fine dining, Maori style.

Colourful, simple, flavoursome food is the order of the day on KAI ORA, prepared in one of Anne’s two commercial kitchens in Herne Bay and Pakiri Beach, and enjoyed with two non-edible but essential ingredients: good friends and lots of laughter.

Anne practices the philosophy of manaakitanga – Maori hospitality. Each week she prepares mouth-watering dishes sourced from New Zealand’s finest produce for her invited guests. In return, they grace the occasion with a waiata or song, a modern revival of the tradition of ‘singing for one’s supper’.

“I get off on cooking for manuhiri, whanau and friends and for me the best part is the manaaki that comes with it,” says Anne. “The pataka, laughter, music, humour and aroha, that’s what KAI ORA is all about. My third series is my favourite • it’s a cracker!”

Guests this year include Shavaughn Ruakere (Te Atiawa, Taranaki), Tina Cross (Te Aupouri, Ngati Porou), Hinewehi Mohi (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tuhoe), Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey, Miriama Smith (Te Arawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa) and her dance partner Jonny Williams (Ngapuhi) and radio personality Robert Rakete (Ngapuhi). Also on the show, Maori Television stars include current affairs presenters Julian Wilcox (Ngapuhi, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa) and Wena Harawira (Ngai Tuhoe, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui), and sports presenters Te Arahi Maipi (Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Whawhakia, Ngati Koroki, Ngati Tipa).

Anne was born in Whakatane, grew up in Gisborne and traces her whakapapa back to Ngati Awa and Ngai Te Rangi. The eldest daughter in a family of five boys and three girls, she has been cooking up a storm as long as she can remember.

Anne never lost the taste for the food she was brought up with, like watercress and fish heads. But her style has developed well beyond that, to combine the traditional with fresh European and Asian influences. Anne is known for healthy cuisine, using fresh local produce, from both land and sea, for KAI ORA.

This is a show all about easy cooking and easy eating, with laidback recipes that make you feel like summer never ended. With KAI ORA, the kitchen is not a place to escape from, but a haven to escape to.

KAI ORA, a refreshing vision of haute cuisine, Maori style, premieres on Sunday June 1 at 7.00 PM.

Sunday June 1 at 7.00 PM

Fresh fare, fabulous music and eclectic celebrity guests are the essential ingredients for this show. Anne Thorp hosts the series from her commercial kitchens in Herne Bay and at Pakiri Beach. Celebrate fine dining Maori style, with lots of laughter, and guests who reciprocate her hospitality by singing for their supper.

Fresh, unadulterated fare, mixed with fabulous music and eclectic guests are the essential ingredients for Maori Television’s top rating cuisine show, KAI ORA, premiering Sunday December 2 at 7.00 PM.

Hosted by the multi talented Anne Thorp, KAI ORA is a celebration of fine dining, Maori style.

Colourful, simple, flavorsome food is the order of the day on KAI ORA, prepared in one of Anne’s two commercial kitchens in Herne Bay and Pakiri Beach – enjoyed with two essential ingredients: good friends and lots of laughter.

Anne practices the philosophy of manaakitanga – or Maori hospitality. Each week she prepares exquisitely mouthwatering dishes sourced from New Zealand’s finest produce for her invited guests. In return, they grace the occasion with a waiata or song, bringing the notion of ‘singing for one’s supper’ back to its roots.

Anne’s friends include entertainers Whirimako Black, Moana Maniopoto, Anika Moa, Madeleine Sami and Boh Runga, so guitars will often appear and strumming and singing, from opera to rock, become enjoyable accompaniments to the eating. Other famous faces to make an appearance this series are Judy Bailey, Alison Holst, Betty Cuthbert along with Peter Urlich and Karl Urban.

KAI ORA is about easy cooking and easy eating, laid back recipes that keep you feeling like summer never ended and that the kitchen is not a place you escape from, but the place you escape to. KAI ORA , a refreshing vision of haute cuisine, Maori style.

Join Maori Television for the new series of KAI ORA with Anne Thorp – an irresistible combination of exquisite healthy food, music and laughter – premiering Sunday December 2 at 7.00 PM.