Tui Marama Keenan has been wearing many hats throughout her life, practicing a police officer for eight years, working as an award-winning Zumba instructor and mother of five young daughters.
But on Friday night, in the dark, the 40-year-old becomes a & # 39; hunter & # 39 ;.
Tui, based in Gisborne, New Zealand, does not buy any proteins in the supermarket and cannot tell you the average price that customers pay for chicken, beef or lamb.
Instead, she hunts, shoots and butcher deer, along with pig, goat, rabbit and crayfish, with her police officer-husband Comrie, who spends $ 2 on a bullet that will provide $ 600 in meat for the family.
Tui Marama Keenan (photo) is a former agent and hunter from Gisborne, New Zealand
& # 39; We have a freezer at home and I learned the animal and am still learning. We use everything and don't waste it, & she said to FEMAIL.
She also takes her girls – Reilly, Stevie-Anne, Lena, Gracie and Brooklyn, who range from five to 18 years old – possum trapping and selling the meat as pet food.
& # 39; We cook meat every night for my four girls (our oldest does not live with us) and my hubby. We cook steak, casseroles, curries, silverside, bacon, salami, pasties, sausages, seafood soup and bone broth. You name it, we cook it, & she said.
& # 39; It's amazing how far deer goes and what you can do with it. & # 39;
She also takes her girls – Reilly, Stevie-Anne, Lena, Gracie and Brooklyn, ranging in age from five to 18 years – possum trapping and selling the meat as pet food (the whole family in the photo)
How does Tui approach the art of hunting?
The family only kills an animal for kai (food) and does not look for large hunting trophies from practice.
& # 39; Whether you are Maori-pakeha or not even from this country, we must be guardians of our country and provide the resources that we have, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; We hunt Kai and if we don't need the Kai, we don't take an animal. During the roar we just went for a walk to see them roar, it wasn't about shooting a big trophy. It was all about the experience to see how they are in the wild. & # 39;
She estimates that the family will save $ 200 – $ 300 a week, or $ 15,600 since they started a year ago, simply by hunting animals and trading meat for other products with friends.
& # 39; I trade meat for vegetables, honey and nuts that have been extended by family and friends, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Meat is expensive in New Zealand. I'd hate to think how much I would spend on meat if I didn't hunt. & # 39;
According to Numbeo.com 450 g skinless chicken breast costs $ 5.72 NZ and the same amount of beef costs you $ 7.77 NZ in a supermarket.
While she & # 39; all her staples & # 39; from the supermarket, everything else comes from relatives and partners around her.
She estimates that the family saves $ 200 – $ 300 a week, or $ 15,600 since they started a year ago, simply by hunting animals and trading meat for other products with friends
& # 39; I trade meat for vegetables, honey and nuts that have been extended by family and friends, & # 39; she said
& # 39; I want to make other women stronger and show that they can also hunt. I grew up in the city so this is completely new to me, & she said.
To share their wider message, the family lifestyle will be featured on Maori TV & # 39; s Hunting with Tui, where she and her husband & # 39; healthy families & # 39; want to promote.
& # 39; All my girls help me. Some are more involved than others. They are practical and help me process, store and put the meat in the freezer, & said Tui.
& # 39; I am starting to teach them how to cook. & # 39;
To share their wider message, the family's lifestyle will be broadcast on Maori TV's Hunting With Tui, where she and her husband & # 39; healthy families & # 39; want to promote
& # 39; All my girls help me. Some are more involved than others. They are practical and help me process, store and place the meat in the freezer, & said Tui.
Writing on her Facebook account dedicated to the upcoming hunting series, Tui explained how hunting can be exciting, but it is the wider meaning to be in harmony with the country she is most excited about.
& # 39; I have learned to care for and respect a kararehe (animal). Of transporting, hanging in a chiller for up to a week, skilfully skinning, cutting and packing properly before freezing, & she said.
& # 39; All of these steps affect the end product and taste. It makes me proud to teach my girls this whole process. I am grateful that I live in a country where we can hunt for public land, our country as food. & # 39;
You can watch Hunting With Tui on Maori Television, Tuesdays from 11 June to 9 p.m. and on request at Maoritelevision.com.
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