Already, iwi and hapū have been adapting tikanga and kawa to keep our people safe. This has also extended to tangihanga. There are now strict rules put in place during Alert Level 4 for when loved ones have passed away. These rules apply to everyone; every culture, every religion.
We support the advice and guidelines shared by Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā (The National Māori Pandemic Group) on tikanga, hui and tangihanga for Alert Level 4 – this means no formal tangihanga until further notice. For Māori, this means:
- No public funeral services whatsoever,
- No tangihanga at our marae, funeral homes, churches and other venues,
- No private whānau tangihanga at home.
What are your options?
- Burial of tūpāpaku (deceased whānau member) at the urupā (graveyard) in a timely manner.
- Storage (refrigeration or longer-term embalment) for burial once we recover – where these options are available.
- Cremation and a delayed process for the burial of ashes once we recover. This approach will reduce contact spread of COVID-19 to our kaumātua and our at-risk whānau members. It is the best way to keep our communities safe.
Ministry of Health are regularly updating their advice and guidelines to be accurate, relevant to whānau, and responsive to the changes in our situation. They will be issuing further guidelines for whānau on what to do during Alert Levels 3, 2 and 1 over the coming weeks.
It’s important to remember that once we come out of Alert Level 4, COVID-19 is still a real threat and we will need to remain vigilant.
Check out the Official guidelines for Tangihanga