Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Whānau pani

Whānau pani

The whānau pani (bereaved relatives) of Sir Robert Mahuta sit beside his body in 2001. The casket is draped in a kahu kiwi (kiwi-feather cloak). The photographs surrounding the tūpāpaku (body) are of deceased whānau and tribal members.

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Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - Tangihanga in modern times', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011