Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Tombs and memorials

These tombs and memorials, painted by George French Angas, include the mausoleum (1) of Waitohi, the sister of Te Rauparaha, on Mana Island. There is a waka maumahara (3) at an island in Tory Channel, made from part of a canoe, and another waka maumahara (4) at Te Awaiti, Cloudy Bay, where there is also a carved monument for three children (2). A pou whakairo, or carved figure (5), at a pā near Lake Rotoaira has an elevated whata for holding the bones of a dead child.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Tinted lithograph by George French Angas

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How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - The tangihanga process', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011