Otago Polytechnic engineering technology student John
Eteuati with the efficient cooking stove he developed in
the hope of reducing chronic health issues in the Pacific
Islands. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
An Otago Polytechnic student has developed an efficient
cooking stove in the hope of reducing chronic health issues in
the Pacific Islands.
Third-year bachelor of engineering technology student John
Eteuati, originally from Samoa, received Otago Polytechnic
funding for his project, to create a prototype he hoped could
be manufactured in Pasifika communities.
Mr Eteuati said he was inspired to design the stove after
seeing the amount of waste and harmful emissions which came
from cooking food in an umu - known in New Zealand as a
The new stove used about 15kg of firewood to cook the same
amount of food cooked in an umu using 70kg to 80kg of
''It's a huge saving of resources. Its design will optimise
burning efficiency, drastically reducing the amount of wood
fuel required, and the emission of harmful gases and smoke
produced through traditional methods of open fire cooking,''
Importantly, the stove could be constructed locally using
conventional building materials available in the Pacific
''It involves minimal capital cost, will be adaptable to
various situations and is simple to operate and maintain,''
he said. Mr Eteuati will be gifting his project outcome to
his church community, Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa
(EFKS) Dunedin at a ceremony today.
During the ceremony, Otago Polytechnic acting chief executive
Matt Carter will officially hand over the project to the EFKS