Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Hākari, 1930s

Hākari, 1930s

This is a hākari (feast) being prepared at a tangi in Taranaki in the 1930s. The style of food is more European than traditional Māori, and includes bananas, bread, biscuits and bottles of drink, all on a tablecloth on the ground.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. R. Wall Collection
Reference: 1/2-017653-G
Photograph by John Reginald Wall

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Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - The tangihanga process', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2021)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011