Whole roasted pig is a culinary treat enjoyed by cultural groups all over the world. The Chinese are no exception, and pig roasting ovens of one sort or another would have been built in the coastal vegetable growing area since Chinese first capitalised on the soil and climate to supply vegetables to the market. A good oven needs to have a degree of durability as the "service conditions" can be a bit extreme! There are apparently about four ovens extant in the area - this one on Simon Zhu's property has been made from firebricks plastered externally. Fitted with a hoist to lift the pig in and out and suspend it during the 2 hour cooking period, it was built in 1973. This would have coincided with the period when Chinese market gardening in North Otago was most affected by the shift in demographics, population drift to Auckland city and the growth of much larger food-growing business in south Auckland. Food transport costs then started to limit the catchment area of the Oamaru growers' customers to the Lower South Island and thus it initiated the semi-collapse of the North Otago market gardening community. Still, this oven gets called upon to do its thing a few times a year, and in January 2012 it produced two very tasty roast pigs for the community to help celebrate Chinese New Year.