Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Calling mourners at a tangi

Calling mourners at a tangi

A woman wails her call of mourning at the tangi (funeral) of former prime minister Sir Keith Holyoake. She is the kaikaranga, a woman who calls visitors onto a marae. The kaikaranga from the tangata whenua (host people) welcomes people onto particular areas. This demonstrates the host people’s tribal ties to the land – Papatūānuku.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Whakapapa and kaupapa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 April 2020)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007