Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Norman Kirk's tangi, 1974 (1st of 3)

Norman Kirk's tangi, 1974

A waiata tangi (ritual chant of mourning and farewell) is heard during the funeral of Prime Minister Norman Kirk in 1974. Kirk's funeral took place at St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington, and not in a Māori setting. However some features of the ceremony were traditionally Māori. They marked the respect that Māori held for Kirk, and an increasing trend of introducing Māori customs into mainly non-Māori ceremonial occasions.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1985/5/10
Photograph by Ans Westra

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Māori renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011